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Fish stocks in the Mediterranean have been declining for decades. Over 90% of the fish stocks assessed are over-exploited, and despite recent efforts the situation is not improving. Managing fish stocks is complicated by the fact that many of them are shared with non-EU countries.

Seminar "State of Fish Stocks in European Waters"

Brussels, Belgium, 26 September 2012

From 9.00 to 13.00
Location: Centre de Conférences Albert Borschette, rue Froissart 36, Brussels

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 - 09.05

Welcome and introduction - Ms. Lowri Evans

09.05- 09.30

Overview of Northeast Atlantic Stocks pdf - 3 MB [3 MB] - Mr. Carl O'Brien, ICES

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. New procedures for assessing and managing stocks with incomplete data will be explained.

09.30- 10.00

Overview of stocks in the Mediterranean and Black Seas pdf - 5 MB [5 MB] - Mr. Massimiliano Cardinale, STECF

A scientific presentation will be made of new information concerning fish stocks in the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea

10.00- 10.15

Questions and answers

10.15- 10.45

Fisheries economics performance pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] - Mr. John Anderson, STECF

An economist from the UK Sea Fish Industry Authority will present the latest information on the economic performance of the EU fishing fleet.

10.45 - 11.00

Questions and answers

11.00- 11.15

Break

11.15- 12.50

Panel discussion

Representatives from the Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) and the Advisory Committee for Fisheries Management (ACFA) will each make a 5 minute introductory statement. 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.

12.50 - 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.

Simultaneous interpretation into French, German, English, Spanish, Dutch and Portuguese will be provided.