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EFTTA and the Euro­pean An­glers Al­liance (EAA) have wel­comed a res­o­lu­tion adopted by the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment’s Fish­eries Com­mit­tee which fur­ther recog­nises the im­por­tance of recre­ational fish­ing within com­mu­ni­ties in the re­gion and its ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion to the econ­omy.

The Fish­eries Com­mit­tee has re­quested that the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion eval­u­ates the role of an­gling when con­sid­er­ing the Com­mon Fish­eries Pol­icy CFP) so that both types of mar­itime fish­ing – com­mer­cial and re­cre­ation – can be man­aged in a ‘bal­anced, fair and sus­tain­able’ man­ner.

The res­o­lu­tion, a non-leg­isla­tive bind­ing re­port en­ti­tled ‘State of play of the recre­ational fish­eries in the Euro­pean Union’ was drafted by MEP, Nor­ica Ni­co­lai, the Chair of the EFTTA and EAA-backed Fo­rum on Recre­ational Fish­eries and Aquatic En­vi­ron­ment.

The re­port was adopted at a meet­ing in Brus­sels last week and it is hoped that it will be ap­proved by ple­nary vote in June.

“This is yet an­other im­por­tant step to­wards a much­needed full recog­ni­tion by the Euro­pean in­sti­tu­tions of the recre­ational fish­eries sec­tor and its im­por­tance to peo­ple, com­mu­ni­ties and the econ­omy, in­clud­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the eco-sys­tem-based fish­eries man­age­ment ap­proach and ‘best-use’ of the so­ci­ety’s wild fish re­source,” says EFTTA and the EAA.

Both groups con­trib­uted to the prepa­ra­tion of the re­port and or­gan­ised a con­fer­ence ear­lier this year in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment to dis­cuss its find­ings. The meet­ing was at­tended by sev­eral MEP’s and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion and Mem­ber States.

Dur­ing the de­bate, EFTTA and the EAA re­it­er­ated the need to in­clude the recre­ational fish­ing sec­tor in the CFP on an equal foot­ing with the two other ma­jor fish­eries stake­hold­ers, com­mer­cial fish­ing and aqua­cul­ture, when dis­cussing the CFP and the man­age­ment of sus­tain­able fish stocks.

EFFTA and the EAA both wel­comed the re­port’s call for more and bet­ter catch and so­cio-eco­nomic data on a reg­u­lar ba­sis to get a clearer pic­ture of catches by an­glers and its so­cio-eco­nomic im­por­tance and trends.

EFTTA CEO, Jean-Claude Bel (right) at the meet­ing in Brus­sels

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