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Seminar on "State of European Fish Stocks in 2011"

Brussels, Belgium, 8 September 2011

From 9.00 to 13.00
Location: Brussels, Borschette, Room 0D

The fishing sector, NGOs, national administrations, EU institutions and interested members of the public were invited to participate in a discussion on the status of European fish stocks and on corresponding appropriate management measures to be undertaken.

Agenda

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

09.00 - 9.15

Welcome and introduction - Ms. Evans

The Director-General will present the basis for the forthcoming Commission's proposals on fishing opportunities for 2012, and briefly describe the main support actions for scientific advice undertaken by the Commission since 2002.

09.15 - 09.45

Overview of ICES advice for Northeast Atlantic Stocks - Ms. Azevedo (ICES, ACOM vice-chair)

A scientist from ICES (the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea) will summarise the biological status of the main stocks of interest for EU fisheries. Focus will be placed on data issues, its consequences for scientific advice and stock management and possible solutions to address shortcomings.

Presentation pdf - 723 KB [723 KB]

09.45 - 10.15

Overview of GFCM Advice for the stocks in the Mediterranean - Mr. Cardinale (STECF)

A scientist member of the STECF (Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries) will make a similar analysis for stocks in the Mediterranean, highlighting new findings.

Presentation pdf - 611 KB [611 KB]

10.15 - 10.30

Questions and answers

10.30 - 11.00

Fisheries economics performance - Mr. Anderson (JRC)

A scientist from the JRC (the European Commission Joint Research Centre) will present an overview of EU fisheries economic performance. Focus will be placed on data issues preventing a comprehensive analysis on the performance of EU fleets.

Presentation pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]

11.00 - 11.15

Questions and answers

11.15 - 11.45

Break

11.45 - 12.45

Panel discussion

Stakeholder representatives will each make a brief introductory statement. We will ask the catching, NGO and processing sectors to be represented. The Commission will be represented on the panel.

Following a discussion among the panellists and the speakers, we will open the floor for the participants to put questions to the panel.

12.45 - 13.00

Closing remarks

The Director-General of the Commission's Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries will sum-up the main conclusions and close the event.

Interpretation provided from/into FR, DE, EN, IT, ES, NL, PT, DA and PL.