At the close of a major fisheries stakeholder conference on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy , 11 prominent NGOs called on European Fisheries Ministers to promote a shift to “appropriately-scaled, community-based fisheries, using ecologically responsible, selective fishing technology and practices” in the new policy.

At the close of a major fisheries stakeholder conference on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy , 11 prominent NGOs called on European Fisheries Ministers to promote a shift to “appropriately-scaled, community-based fisheries, using ecologically responsible, selective fishing technology and practices” in the new policy.

The conclusions of the two day conference, organised by the Spanish Presidency and the European Commission, will be presented to the Fisheries Ministers at their informal meeting on the 4th and 5th of May in the nearby fishing hub of Vigo.

In their statement, the environmental NGOs including Seas At Risk, welcomed the openness of the European Commission on a new governance structure that is more responsive to regions.

However they also stated: ”We are concerned that the Commission and the Spanish Presidency came with preconceived ideas, in particular a European wide market for tradable individual quotas, and pushed them hard in defiance of opposition from the stakeholders.”

The NGO statement strongly supported the La Coruña Declaration, issued 3 days ago, where over 70 environmental NGOs and artisanal coastal fisheries organisations joined forces calling for Fisheries Ministers - as well as Members of the European Parliament and the EU Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs - to place sustainable artisanal coastal fisheries at the heart of the CFP.

The full NGO statement

La Coruna Declaration

Conclusions of the conference

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