Participants at a seminar organised by Seas At Risk today concluded that low impact fisheries are a viable alternative to many current fishing methods and that the future CFP has a role to play in the promotion of such fisheries.

Participants at a seminar organised by Seas At Risk today concluded that low impact fisheries are a viable alternative to many current fishing methods and that the future CFP has a role to play in the promotion of such fisheries.

The seminar addressed the possibilities of shifting to low impact gears, whereby the fishing industry can decrease its impacts on marine ecosystems, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower fuel costs. Several fishers presented their experience with low impact fisheries. Other presentations and panel discussions addressed problems preventing fishers from changing gears as well as policy options for the future CFP to promote low impact fisheries.

The participants arrived at the conclusion that low impact fisheries are viable and desirable, but that several measures are needed to promote such fisheries. Measures discussed included:

• financial support in the transition phase;
• technical support and sharing of best practice;
• spatial planning and separate zones for active and passive fisheries;
• a more flexible and regionalised management system;
• policy incentives such as preferential access to fish resources.

A full report of the seminar will shortly be available from this website.

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