Maria Damanaki at ESE

05 May 2011
Commissioner Damanaki at the European Seafood Exposition

Commissioner Damanaki at the European Seafood Exposition

Yeserday, at the European Seafood Exposition in Brussels, Commissioner Maria Damanaki participated in a roundtable discussion with WWF/Industry Alliance for CFP reform.

This alliance of industrialists and conservationists was formed to lobby for a real reform of the European Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

During the discussion, Commissioner Damanaki said, "I am well aware that European citizens want better access to more sustainable fish through a reformed Fisheries Policy", said Commissioner Damanaki. "The European Commission is currently working on a proposal for a changed policy which will hopefully meet these demands."

For the new policy, the Commissioner wants to make sustainable fishing the prime, underpinning objective.

The policy must be based on long-term planning as the best way to reach and maintain healthy fish stocks at a level which would allow fishermen to fish as much as possible while still having healthy stocks. The wasteful practice of discards must be done away with. Decision-making needs to be simplified and decentralised without top-down micro-management from Brussels. Member states and the fishing industry need to be empowered and better involved. To achieve these goals, behaviours and mindsets will need to change.

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