New fisheries Commissioner

17 Feb 2010

New European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki. Credit: © European Union, 2010

New European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki, has posted a message on her website, outlining her commitment to the sector and plans for the future.

She writes: “I am committed both to a strong and sustainable policy on fisheries and to the development of a viable and coherent maritime sector. I will work to make a real and positive difference to those whose everyday lives depend on fishing and to our coastal environment.”

She notes that “only profitable fisheries can guarantee the livelihood of fishermen and their families. And for fisheries to be profitable, we must harvest the fish in our seas in a sustainable way”.

However, Ms Damanaki says, our ambitions must not stop there. We must seek to go further and develop a European maritime space without barriers, providing security for citizens, fisheries and sea transport.

“We also need strong, knowledge-based European marine research, together with innovative maritime spatial planning, to create a better environment and economic opportunities. In addition, new perspectives and jobs can be generated through coastal tourism and the promotion of maritime skills.”

She closes by stressing that if we are to make progress on all of these issues, it is vital that stakeholders work together.

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