INSEPARABLE
Eat, Buy and Sell Sustainable Fish

Event in Hamburg

Event in Hamburg

Event in Hamburg

Launch of the EU Inseparable campaign on 27 January

Maria Damanaki, the European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, urged Europe to eat, buy, and sell sustainable fish at the launch of the EU's Inseparable campaign in Hamburg on January 27th. Speaking in the city's famous International Maritime Museum Commissioner Damanaki told a crowd of industry stakeholders, international NGOs and politicians, that the new Common Fisheries Policy was an opportunity to secure a sustainable future for fish and fishermen alike.

Commissioner Damanaki, who co-hosted the event with Mayor of Hamburg, Olaf Scholz, explained that the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) would promote and strengthen the supply and demand of sustainable fish through phasing out discards, fostering local decision-making, as well as making a pledge for sustainable practices in international policy.

Speaking alongside Commissioner Damanaki, Ulrike Rodust, lead MEP during the CFP reforms, highlighted the importance of the discard ban and emphasised that focus should now be on implementation.

Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture, Dr Maria Flachsbarth, called the reform a "prerequisite for real sustainability”, and highlighted the role of small-scale fishermen in providing local and sustainable fish.

Following the opening remarks, attendees explored the four themes of the campaign, ‘Eat, Buy, Sell and Know’, through a series of interactive exhibitions and sustainable seafood tastings.

Johannes King, head chef at Sölring Yard restaurant in Sylt, hosted the EAT area where he presented different recipes and cooking ideas with sustainably caught fish.

Leading figures from the fisheries sector gave a series of talks in the KNOW area with speakers including Dr Peter Dill of Deutche See, Kerstin Jürges of EDEKA and Anna Holl from WWF Germany.

Exhibitors from the University of Kiel’s ‘Future Ocean Excellence Cluster’ presented their ecoOcean fisheries game in the BUY area, allowing people to try their hand at being fisheries managers.

The Institute for Water Body Ecology and Freshwater Fisheries (IGB) presented their new Internet encyclopaedia of aquaculture in the SELL area, where attendees also had the opportunity to try different fishing techniques and to repair nets alongside young members of the German Fisheries Association.