The CPMR’s North Sea Commission Marine Resources Group met in Fredrikstad (Norway) on 4-5 October to discuss regional aims such as making fisheries more attractive for young people and sustaining livelihoods in coastal communities.

nscThe meeting, organised at the invitation of Vice President Andreas Lervik, had three main focus areas: maritime spatial planning, fisheries and aquaculture and maritime skills. The group had also prepared a resolution on discard ban that was adopted at the Annual Business Meeting in June 2016.

Follow up was discussed in the meeting, particularly regarding the need of fisheries organisations to learn from the Norwegian experience.

The meeting also offered an opportunity for a more in-depth discussion on how regions deal with land-sea interaction when it comes to marine planning.

This is a first step towards a political position on this topic that will be put forward to the NSC Annual Assembly and as regional input to the Interreg project NorthSEE.