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Seminar "State of Fish Stocks and Fisheries in European Waters"

Brussels, Belgium, 17 September 2013

Time: From 9.00 to 12.15
Location: Jenkins Room, Charlemagne Building, rue de la Loi 170, Brussels

The European  fishing sector, NGOs, national administrations, EU institutions and interested members of the public are invited to participate in a seminar  on the current state of European fish stocks and on corresponding appropriate management measures.

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Agenda

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

09.00 - 09.10

Welcome and introduction - Ms. Lowri Evans

09.10- 09.35

Overview of Northeast Atlantic Stocks - 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 in relation to the exploitation target agreed for the reformed Common Fisheries Policy. Carmen Fernández, ICES ACOM vice-chair - Presentation pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]

09.35- 10.00

Overview of stocks in the Mediterranean and Black Seas - A scientific presentation will be made of new information concerning fish stocks in the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea, also in relation to the exploitation target agreed for the reformed Common Fisheries Policy.
Max Cardinale & Giacomo Chato Osio - Presentation pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]

10.00- 10.15

Questions and answers

10.15- 10.35

Break

10.35 - 11.00

Fisheries economics performance - A scientist from the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries will present the latest information on the economic performance of EU fisheries. 
John Anderson - Presentation pdf - 815 KB [815 KB]

11.00- 12.00

Panel discussion

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

12.00- 12.15

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, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese and Greek will be provided.