Europêche appoints Kathryn Stack as MD

26 Mar 2015
Kathryn Stack

Kathryn Stack

Europe’s fishing industry trade body, Europêche, has appointed Kathryn Stack, former senior policy adviser on fisheries policy in the European Parliament, as its new managing director.

The organisation says that this appointment signals fresh drive to communicate the modern face of the sector to the public and policymakers. Europêche is currently strengthening its activities to champion the sector and ensure its vital contribution to the economy, social fabric and food supply chain is fully recognised by EU policymakers.

Ms Stack said that tens of thousands of fishermen and their families rely on the fishing industry for work, millions rely on it for food and Governments across the continent rely on fishing to contribute to their economies – which means that the fishing industry has a greater impact than most people realise.

“For too long, the sector has struggled to make itself heard among the throng of newly-emerging environmental groups,” she said. “Fishing is a heavily regulated industry. The fishermen we represent have made huge strides in recent years, not only to comply with new European regulations designed to ensure the sustainability of fishing practices, but also to act proactively to safeguard stock levels and their own livelihood in the years to come. Ultimately, we are all striving towards the same outcome: to ensure resource protection. What is important is that regulation is reasoned and proportionate, based on proven science, good environmental practices and provides for the long-term sustainability of the sector. The current image of the EU fishing industry does not represent the reality of our fishing operations.”

Europêche has 12 member organisations across nine countries, and represents 80,000 fishermen and 45,000 vessels within the EU fleet. These provide 48bn fish-based meals a year, injecting €41.3bn into the European economy.

The orgsanisation plays a leading role in ensuring the views of fishermen and the concerns of the industry are heard in the European Commission, Council and Parliament when setting policy and regulations. It is focused on supporting what it calls its ‘three pillars of sustainability’ – environmental, social and economic.

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