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Stakeholder hearing on discards

Brussels, Belgium, 3 May 2011

The issue of ending discards is high on Commissioner Damanaki's agenda.

On March 1st, the subject was debated with Member States and Members of the European Parliament and the Court of Auditors.

Now the Commissioner wanted to hear the opinions of stakeholders on this. An exchange of views was held in Brussels on the afternoon of May 3rd 2011.

  • Non-paper for discussion pdf - 24 KB [24 KB] dansk (da) Deutsch (de) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) italiano (it) português (pt)
  • Report from the meeting pdf - 31 KB [31 KB]

PROGRAMME

13.15 – 14.15

Registration

Sandwich buffet lunch and welcome coffee 

14.30– 14.45

Opening speech by Ms. Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

    

Master of Ceremonies/Moderator – Ms. Lowri Evans
Director General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

Projects presentation: two stakeholder initiatives on ways to effectively reduce discards or to use them.

14.45– 14.55

MSY EXPLOITATION AND ALL FISH LANDED ACHIEVED BY TRANSFERABLE CATCH-QUOTA'S AND FULL DOCUMENTATION (Presentation pdf - 610 KB [610 KB] by Mogens SCHOU)

Presentation of the Catch-Quota Management demonstrated in trials in Denmark, Germany and UK since 2008.

Counting all catches on the quota will incentivize the fisher to fish selectively and to land all catches. It will eliminate the present economic incentive to discard.

Transferability will ensure a flexible adaptation of quota holdings to catches.

When all catches are accounted for the need for rules and control of i.e. gear and by-catches will be markedly reduced.

With full documentation the ‘sustainability stamp’ will be integrated in the fishing process.

14.55– 15.05

PROCESSING OF FORMERLY DISCARDED SPECIES – Recovery, management, reusing of discards in Atlantic and Mediterranean  (Presentation pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] by Jorge ROMÓN OLEA)

This project developed ways to utilise and obtain a market value for species that were normally discarded. New ways to use non-marketable species were explored: fish flour, gelatines, fish oil, fertilizers, …

The project also examined the possible use of these species to produce renewable energy, such as biomass, products of high added value, etc.

15.05 – 17.30

GENERAL DEBATE

on the Commission's non paper pdf - 24 KB [24 KB] dansk (da) Deutsch (de) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) italiano (it) português (pt) and the two presentations

17.30– 17.45

Closing remarks by Ms. Maria Damanaki and Ms. Lowri Evans

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