Commissioner Damanaki meets small-scale fishermen

Today, Commissioner Damanaki met representatives of small-scale fishermen, representing some of the 160 organisations that signed a declaration supporting the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy in ways which ensure the recovery of fish stocks and habitats, the promotion of best practice, a just allocation of fishing access based on social and environmental criteria, and an equitable distribution of the benefits derived from these activities.

At the margin of the meeting, Commissioner Damanaki recognized the importance of the significant segment of the European fleet that is small in scale and has a relatively low impact on the ecosystem: "Small-scale fishermen greatly contribute to the economic progress and the preservation of distinctive social and cultural characteristics of European coastal communities. The reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy will provide the framework to safeguard their role and reward those who –like them– value sustainability."

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