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The European Commission’s long-standing commitment towards the conservation of Bluefin tuna comes to the fore again for the main fishing season of 2016.
Fish stocks in the Mediterranean are deteriorating at an alarming rate, threatening the jobs and livelihoods of thousands of fishermen.

"Experience of Fishing Effort Regimes" seminar

Brussels, Belgium, 5 July 2012

Centre A. Borschette, rue Froissart 36 in Brussels (room AB-3B)

In parallel to the development of the new EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF), the Commission is currently reflecting on new Long Term Management Plans (LTMP). In view of the discussions in the recent months on the LTMP's and before moving forward to the development of new management instruments, we want to have an open debate on the effectiveness of the current generation of effort schemes.
During the meeting several experts will be invited to present us their perspective on the experiences to date of fishing effort regimes. The presentations will be followed by a structured discussion in which the chair will invite comments and discussion from the floor.

For this meeting we have invited the members of the Committee on Fisheries of the European Parliament, the Regional Advisory Councils, the Advisory Committee for Fisheries and Aquaculture, the Member States and the seminar is also open to the public.

The Commission would be very pleased to count on the participation of your organization in this seminar. There is an upper limit to the number of participants. The final number of delegates of your organisation that can participate in the seminar depends on the availability of seats. Please be aware that the Commission will not meet any expenses.

To participate in this meeting, please go for on-line registration to:

Draft agenda


Opening and Introduction (Mrs Evans) 


Overview of Effort Management: principles and experiences
(Mr Patterson, Commission)


Analysis of effort management, include effects on discarding
(Mr Rätz, JRC)


National management of effort
(Mr Brew, a recently retired national administrator)




Perspective from the North Sea fishing sector
(Mr Wichmann, NSRAC)


Perspective from the Baltic Sea fishing sector
(Mr Andersen, BSRAC)


Perspective from the Bay of Biscay and Iberian Atlantic fishing sector


Perspective from the North Western Waters fishing sector



13h30-15h00Lunch break

Controlling fishing effort
(Mrs Janakakisz, Commission)


Structured discussion: The chair will invite comments and discussion from the floor according to the following topics:

- If we have TAC's, do we need effort management as well?
- Where has effort management worked and where not?
- What are the essential factors for success?