CAA GA Pamplona 2016_pêcheA range of initiatives and collaborations aimed at improving the sustainability of fishing and aquaculture activities in the Atlantic Arc Region, were presented at the CPMR Atlantic Arc Commission general meeting in Pamplona, Spain.

During the two-day meeting, held at the beginning of June, politicians and representatives from the fisheries and aquaculture sector presented concrete initiatives that have been developed in collaboration with Regions. Delegates also focused on the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and on its socio-economic impacts.

Rosa Quintana Carballo, Regional Minister for the Sea in the Xunta de Galicia, stressed the key role played by Galicia in monitoring and analysing the impacts of the introduction of landing obligation of all catches on the Galician fishery sector.

She said that many studies have been developed with the financial support of the Galician Regional government to map the state of play of discards in some specific Galician small scale fisheries. She stressed that Galicia strongly supports Regional projects that aim to improve the selectivity of fishing gears and practises.

Christophe Priou, Councillor of the Pays de la Loire Region, endorsed Galicia’s concerns on the implementation of the obligation of landing of all cachets. He said that the “ban of discards” represents a serious threat for security on board many French fishing vessels.

Regarding the current debate on multiannual management plans, he reminded delegates that constant fluctuations in the TAV and quota system do not contribute effectively to the economic viability of the French fishery fleet. He said that the setting-up of multiannual plans represents a strategic tool to help the sector address these issues.

During the meeting, delegates urged the Atlantic Arc Commission “Fisheries and Aquaculture” Working Group to support the wider CPMR road map on fisheries and aquaculture.

With this road map in mind, the CPMR in May took part in the European Commission’s public consultation on the 2007-2013 European Fisheries Fund. Based on its maritime agenda, CPMR will continue to monitor the implementation of the CFP and of its financial instrument, the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

The CPMR general Secretariat will present the state of play regarding its main activities on fisheries and aquaculture, as well as the next steps, during the next General Assembly in the Azores.