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Next meeting of the Committee on Fisheries (PECH)

The next PECH committee meeting will be held in Brussels on:
- Monday 22 September 2014, from 15:00 to 18:30 and,
- Tuesday 23 September 2014, from 9:00 to 12:30 and from 15:00 to 18:30.
Meeting Room : Altiero Spinelli ASP 1 G3

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Hearing on the fight against illegal fishing (IUU)

Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) is one of the most serious threats to the conservation of fish stocks and the economy and employment within the European fisheries sector. On 22 September, the PECH Committee will hold a hearing with various experts on the subject, in order to discuss the situation with regard to illegal fishing and ways to deter it in the future.

Allocation of reports

On 4 September the PECH Committee decided to start work on the following files:
  • Access for fishing vessels flying the flag of the Seychelles to waters and marine biological resources of Mayotte was allocated to the Chairman (EPP group);
  • The FPA between the EU and the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe (GUE);
  • Fishing in the GFCM Agreement area (EPP);
  • Prohibition on driftnets (S&D) and
  • The proposal on seafarers (GUE).
The respective Groups will appoint Rapporteurs.

The conflict between static gear and mobile gear in inshore fisheries

On the 4th of September, the PECH Committee heard an interesting presentation on the issues that arise between fixed and mobile gear in costal fisheries by Mr Michael Kaiser of Bangor University, focusing on a conservation perspective.

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Exchange of views with Minister Martina

On the 3rd of September the PECH Committee held an exchange of views with Mr Maurizio Martina. As minister responsible for fisheries, Mr Martina will chair the Fisheries Council during the Italian Presidency. He agreed with members of the PECH Committee that the number one priority for the autumn is to put in place the rules implementing the new CFP and with particular focus on the discard ban.

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The priorities of the Italian Council Presidency are being outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Italian ministers on 2 and 3 September, following a first series of meetings held on 22 and 23 July. This text will be updated after each session.

Committee responsible for:
1.    the operation and development of the common fisheries policy and its management;
2.    the conservation of fishery resources, the management of fisheries and fleets exploiting such resources and marine and applied fisheries research;
3.    the common organisation of the market in fishery and aquaculture products and the processing and marketing thereof;
4.    structural policy in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, including the financial instruments and funds for fisheries guidance to support these sectors;
5.    the integrated maritime policy as regards fishing activities;
6.    sustainable fisheries partnership agreements, regional fisheries organisations and the implementation of international obligations in the field of fisheries.
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This site contains a wealth of information about the work of the Committee on Fisheries, including agendas and other meeting documents, our monthly newsletter Trawler and details of the public hearings we hold.  Our home page also provides regular updates about significant events and developments involving the committee.
The focus of our work during the eighth parliamentary term will undoubtedly be the ongoing reform of the common fisheries policy, a process in which Parliament has played an important role over the past few months.  Fisheries policy has to reconcile the interests of a wide range of stakeholders, with a view to safeguarding the long-term viability of the marine environment and fish stocks, the livelihoods of fishermen and the future of fisheries-related industries and coastal communities. This new, ambitious policy brings with it many challenges, ones which the EU institutions are determined to meet.
We believe that keeping EU citizens properly informed about the policy-making process can only help us to make better decisions.  I am sure that this website will play its part by giving people a clearer insight into our day-to-day activities.
Alain Cadec
Chair of the Committee on Fisheries