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Conference on the CFP Reform: "Another future for fisheries"

Brussels, Belgium, 16 November 2010

The Commission’s conference on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy was held in Brussels on 16 November 2010.

Programme and presentations

09.30  Opening session

Welcome words by
 

Morning session

Presentation of 4 pioneer projects, which in different ways are relevant to the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. Each presentation was followed by a debate.

  • Moderator: Ms. Lowri Evans, Director General of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries DG
 

Project 1: Stakeholders’ involvement in the decision-making process – the experience of a regional advisory council (RAC)

  • Mr. Jean-Marie Robert and Mr. Leandro Azcue explained how the involvement of stakeholders in the decision-making process has changed following the reform of 2002 and the creation of the RACs.
  • Presentation pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] français (fr) .
 

Project 2: Individual Transferable Quotas – A response to fleet overcapacity?

  • In order to reduce overcapacity and make its fisheries sector more profitable, Denmark introduced in 2003 Individual Transferable Quotas into the pelagic sector and a system with Vessel Quota Shares  into the demersal sector in 2007.
  • The results of the implementation of these systems were presented by Mr. Henrik Amdisen – Fishery Consultant – Manager of Hanstholm Pool company and Mr. Allan Vestergaard – owner of a vessel involved in this initiative.
  • Presentation pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]
 

Project 3: Less discards – a responsible behaviour

  • CEFAS (an executive agency of the UK Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs) has conducted a project to reduce discards of flatfish amongst Devon beam trawlers by 50% by improving gear selectivity.
  • This project and its results were presented by Mr. James Portus from South West Fish Producers Organisation and Mr. Simon Armstrong, fishing skipper.
  • Introduction pdf - 221 KB [221 KB] .
  • Presentation pdf - 3 MB [3 MB] .
 

Project 4: Innovation, greening and the social dimension = the winning combination

  • One of the reasons that led the "Groupement des Mousquetaires" to have its own fleet was to ensure a responsible approach to fisheries. The fish products distributed by the "Mousquetaires" respected 5 commitments: guarantee of origin, complete traceability, conservation of natural resources, protection and quality of the environment. At the same time, particular attention is paid to the fishermen's working conditions on board vessels.
  • Mr. Tristan Douard, Director of Scapêche explained the functioning of this project and its results.
  • Presentation pdf - 721 KB [721 KB] français (fr) .

 

Lunch break and networking

Lunch with the participation of Euro-Toques which is an association of chefs with great experience and known for their professional qualities. They are committed to promote the quality and culinary traditions of each country and regions of world, to defend sustainable fishing and to inform the consumers (labelling and restaurant).

For the occasion, they cooked, under Mr. Castadot's guidance, President of Euro-Toques Belgium, sustainable fish species: saithe, cod, sole, plaice and salmon.

 Afternoon session

Presentation of 4 pioneer projects, which in different ways are relevant to the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. Each presentation was followed by a debate.

Moderator: Ms. Lowri Evans, Director General of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries DG
 

Project 5: Women as drivers of coastal area development

  • The "Association of Goose Barnacle Gatherers" was created in 2003 as a consequence of the bad state of the resource, which was due to the non-respect of catch ceilings, the number of working days, catch areas, etc. A group of women decided to regulate this activity.
  • The President, Ms. Susana González and the Secretary, Ms. Isabel González of the "Agrupación de Percebeiros/as de Baiona" Galicia explained how and why they set up this project and the lessons learnt from it. 
  • Presentation pdf - 8 MB [8 MB] español (es) .
 

Project 6: Aquaculture in Europe's "inner coast"

  • In Hungary in the last 15 years pond fish farms have had to explore their potential to find out how they can diversify their activities in order to be able to produce various fish products and to provide services for which there is demand from the market and the society.
  • Mr. Ferenc Lévail and the instigator of this project presented what option they have chosen and the outcomes. 
  • Presentation pdf - 5 MB [5 MB] .
 

Project 7: Consumers = Masters of the Game

  • EDEKA Group – the biggest fish and seafood seller in Germany – together with WWF Germany have set-up a project which aims to ensure that within three years, all of the fish and seafood they sell are sustainably sourced fisheries products. With this project, the Group wants to offer to its consumers a reliable label on sustainable products.
  • Ms. Kerstin Jürges informed on the results after one year of implementation.
  • Presentation pdf - 6 MB [6 MB] .
 

Project 8: A Mediterranean perspective

  • The Federation of Professional Fishermen of the South Aegean has worked jointly with local fishermen to design a management scheme for an area in the Cyclades. The aim of the spatial fisheries management scheme is to ensure the recovery of local fisheries resources so as to guarantee income from sustainable fishing into the future. One of the elements of the plan is to prohibit larger-scale trawlers from fishing in the wider area. The plans also include one no-take zone and discussions are under way to replicate no-take zones elsewhere.
  • Mr. Dimitris Zannes informed on this initiative. 
  • Presentation pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] .

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