Publicado por: pongpesca | 2015/10/13

Low Impact Fishers of the Atlantic and North Sea unite and call for immediate action!

LIFEES20151003PB015-1024x683-1024x683“Smaller scale fishers and their representative organisations from France, Netherlands, Belgium, UK, Spain, Ireland and Portugal (including the Azores) met on Saturday 3rd October in Madrid, Spain to demand a greater voice in the development of fisheries policy at national and european levels and to discuss and agree a process to achieve these ends.

The meeting, organised and facilitated by the Low Impact Fishers of Europe platform [LIFE} gave smaller scale, low impact fishers the opportunity to come together to discuss and agree a series of initiatives and actions to ensure the sustainability and survival of their fishing sector.
Speaker after speaker highlighted the importance of and need for a single, dedicated voice for their sector and the meeting unanimously agreed to support, and be supported by LIFE to represent them. Attendees spoke with passion of the need for the far more dynamic and effective management of fisheries based on long term sustainability rather than on short term profit. A major example quoted by many speakers was the urgent need for member states to immediately and genuinely implement the requirements of the new Common Fisheries Policy in respect of Article 17, to use transparent and objective criteria including those of an environmental, social and economic nature when allocating access to the resource [quota]. This issue was of particular importance and relevance to small scale fishers focusing on Bass and Tuna where the current and possible future access to the fish stocks does not and may not adequately or fairly reflect the social, environmental and economic benefits that small scale fishers provide to often vulnerable coastal communities.”

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Fonte: LIFE – 3 de outubro de 2015

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