The European Commission has adopted the second Progress report on the EU's 2007 Integrated Maritime Policy. By facilitating the cooperation of all maritime players across sectors and borders, and by avoiding duplication of spending and efforts, the Integrated Maritime Policy has enhanced the sustainable development of the European maritime economy, while contributing to a better protection of the marine environment.
The European Commission has just tabled an amendment to the long-term management plan for cod in the North Sea, the Skagerrak, the Eastern Channel, the Kattegat, the West of Scotland and the Irish Sea.
The report provides a comprehensive overview of the structure and economic performance of the EU fishing fleet in 2010 and highlights some key trends between 2005 and 2011, based on data obtained from the latest DCF fleet economic data call and data held by Eurostat and the EU fishing fleet register.
Commissioner Maria Damanaki: "With the first half of my mandate as European Commissioner already gone by, this is probably a good time to see where we are in fisheries and maritime affairs – and where we are headed."
Commissioner Maria Damanaki hosted a quadrilateral Ministerial meeting on mackerel management in London, with the participation of Ms Lisbeth Berg-Hansen, Norwegian Minister of Fisheries, Mr Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, Icelandic Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture and Mr Jacob Vestergaard, Minister of Fisheries of the Faroe Islands.