Seas At Risk held a one day conference on capacity reduction and fleet restructuring, which took place in Brussels on the 21st of October 2009.

Towards sustainable European fisheries: The double challenge of restructuring and reducing the fishing fleet.

The Common Fisheries Policy is currently being reviewed and overcapacity has been identified as one of the most serious problems by the European Commission. Seas At Risk agrees with the Commission’s analysis but feels that an important angle of the reduction debate is being neglected: the quality of the fleet that should result of reduction efforts. A revised CFP will have to take the opportunity not only to reduce capacity, but also to reduce it in such a way as to keep the most low impact sectors of the fleet and cut the most destructive and unsustainable fleet sectors.

The conference addressed the link between capacity reduction and sustainability criteria.

The objectives of the conference were:

- To convey the message that the reform of the CFP presents the ideal opportunity to not only reduce fishing capacity, but also to restructure the EU fleet so as to obtain a low impact, climate friendly and socially responsible fleet.

- To define what sort of fleet is to be desired as an end result – should social and environmental criteria play a role in the decommissioning process?

- To identify adequate management tools which can deliver such a fleet.

The audience was be made up of policy and decision makers, NGOs and industry, and the conference programme included substantial discussions on how to best reach environmental, social and economic targets while reducing and restructuring the Community's fishing fleet.

Please feel free to contact Natalie Kontoulis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for any further information.


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