The European Commission has initialled a 12-month extension of the protocol under the Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) with Morocco. The level of fishing opportunities for EU vessels and the corresponding financial contribution to Morocco will remain the same as in the 2007 protocol, which expired on February 27, 2011. This one year period will be used to asses the data and information obtained from the Moroccan authorities about the regional impacts of the protocol and to define next steps.
Aquaculture: Commissioner Damanaki meets Ministers from five land-locked Member States to discuss the future of freshwater aquaculture
Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, received on Monday a visit of the Ministers for Agriculture of the Czech Republic Ivan Fuksa, Hungary Sandor Fazekas, Slovakia Zsolt Simon, Austria Nikolaus Berlakivich as well as the Director for international affairs of Luxembourg Frank Schmidt.
On the occasion of her visit, Commissioner Maria Damanaki stated:
"The WWF Mediterranean Programme Office has shown to be an important voice in taking care of getting our act together to preserve one of the most beautiful regions of the world for future generations. To achieve this we need ....
The Commission adopted on 11 February, a proposal for a draft negotiating mandate, addressed to the Council for a transitional, time-limited renewal of the Fisheries Parrtnership Agreement Protocol.
Reforming Europe's fisheries policy: Commissioner Damanaki welcomes contribution by WWF/Industry Alliance
After meeting the WWF – Industry Alliance at Europe House in London today, EU Fisheries Commissioner Damanaki said:
"The FAO annual report on fisheries published on Monday shows once again that overfishing must stop and that we need a real reform if we want to make our policies sustainable.
Only a broad societal awareness and public support can bring about real change in fisheries policy. We need effective campaigns like Hugh's Fish fight to wake up people to support change.
We equally need the assistance of strong Industry and environmental leaders like those I have met in London today to deliver a reform throughout Europe that will secure a future for fish and fisheries alike, as well as the marine environment that supports them."