Monday 14 May (15.00–18.30) and Tuesday 15 May (09.00-12.30) in Brussels - Room: JAN 4Q1 (József Antall)
European aquaculture sector
Fisheries MEPs will vote on the non-legislative report: “Towards a sustainable and competitive European aquaculture sector: current status and future challenges”, rapporteur: Carlos Iturgaiz (EPP, ES)
Increasing EU aquaculture production and applying the same strict criteria to imported products as to the EU ones are some of the main proposals included in the report.
Fisheries committee will vote on the non-legislative report on the “State of play of recreational fisheries in the European Union”, rapporteur: Norica Nicolai (ALDE, RO)
Recreational fisheries is increasing in most European countries, representing an important activity with societal, economic, employment and environmental effects. MEPs call, inter alia, for the improvement of data collection and reporting and the inclusion of recreational fisheries in multiannual management plans, when needed.
Debate with Commissioner Karmenu Vella (Tuesday at 9.30)
Fisheries MEPs will hold an exchange of views with European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella.
WORKSHOP (Monday at 15.00)
Landing Obligation and Choke Species in Multispecies and Mixed Fisheries
One of the main novelties of the reform of the CFP of 2013 is to phase out discards by 1 January 2019 at the latest. This landing obligation has led the member states to review their approach to fisheries management in accordance with their national quotas. This new scenario creates the need for more selective gear and instruments to reduce the effect of the absence of quotas for certain species which would lead to the early closure of certain fisheries, so-called "The choking effect".
The workshop will deal with three geographical areas of the EU: the North Sea; Northern Western waters and Southern Western waters. Three different studies were conducted and each project seeks to achieve results in each of the three geographical zones.
Next meeting : 20-21 June 2018 (Brussels)