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Fisheries: Commissioner Damanaki to discuss discards with North Atlantic Fisheries Ministers

Press release - 2/7/2012

Commissioner Maria Damanaki, in charge of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, represents the European Union at the 17th North Atlantic Fisheries Ministers Conference (NAFMC 17) in Reykjavik, Iceland from 2 to 4 July.

The participants at this meeting are Ministers of Fisheries and their representatives from the main fishing parties in the North Atlantic, namely the EU, Canada, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and the Russian Federation. The conference will this time focus on the most effective policies to stop discards, i.e. the practice of throwing unwanted fish back to sea. The participants will also discuss eco-labelling and methods to ensure traceability of fish products, as well as results and impressions of Rio+20. Commissioner Damanaki said: "I am looking forward to exchange views with and learn from our partners' experiences on how best to stop discards. Eliminating this wasteful practice is at the heart of the proposed reform of the Common Fisheries Policy". NAFMC was established in the mid-1990s with the objective of bringing together the Ministers of the North Atlantic (with the European Commissioner representing EU Member States) in an informal forum, allowing for a frank exchange of views on topical and current fisheries issues.