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Workshop on "technical conservation measures and discards under the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy"

Brussels, 21 June 2010

The Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) organised a workshop on "technical conservation measures and discards under the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy" on 21st June 2010 in the Borschette Centre in Brussels. There was participation of representatives from the ACFA, RACs, NGOs, gear experts, Member States, Member of the EU Parliament, and other institutions.

The idea of the workshop was to hold discussions between different stakeholders on the current system of technical conservation measures in the EU. In particular, addressing whether these measures are properly regulated, if they are effective enough to reduce the impact of fishing on commercial stocks and marine ecosystems, how selectivity could be improved to reduce discards accordingly, and to examine incentives for the industry to become more selective.

With this workshop we aimed to have insight on:

•          what essential elements of technical conservation measures need to be regulated to ensure that the impact of fishing on commercial stocks and marine ecosystems is minimised, what gears/practices should be prohibited, etc

•          what aspects could be regionalised.

Agenda and presentations

 

Session 1: Setting the scene

09:30-09:50   

Opening Speech by Jean Claude Cueff, DG MARE

09.50-10.30Presentation: Vision of technical conservation measures under the reform of the common fisheries policy
Ana Olivert pdf - 548 KB [548 KB] and Patrick Daniel pdf - 74 KB [74 KB] français (fr) , DG MARE
 

Session 2: Access to resources

10.30-10.45Presentation: Closed areas as conservation tool for fisheries management. Industry's point of view
Michael Andersen, BS RAC pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]
10.45-11.00Presentation: Closed areas as conservation tool for fisheries management. NGO's point of view.
Hellen McLachlan, NWW RAC - WWF pdf - 706 KB [706 KB]
11.00-11.50Panel discussion: Coordinator Willem Brugge, DG MARE
11.50-12.20Debate
 

Session 3: Selectivity of fishing gears and practices

13.50-14.05Presentation: Selectivity of fishing gears
Barrie Deas, NS RAC pdf - 58 KB [58 KB]
14.05-14.20Presentation: Gear Technology
Dominique Rihan, gear expert pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]
14.20-15.10Panel discussion: Coordinator Fuensanta Candela, DG MARE
15.10-15.40      Debate
 

Session 4: Impact of fishing in the marine ecosystem

15.40-15.55Presentation: Protected areas as conservation tool for environmental protection
Jose Rizo, DG Environment pdf - 651 KB [651 KB]
15.55-16.10Presentation: Impact of fisheries on habitats and non targeted species. How to minimise it?
Gilles Batlett, NS RAC - WWF pdf - 1003 KB [1003 KB]
16.10-17.00

Panel discussion: Coordinator Siemers Haitze, DG MARE

17.00-17.30Debate
17.30-18.00Summing up and closure by Jean Claude Cueff, DG MARE