The PECH and the ENVI committee will jointly hear Karmenu Vella, the Commissioner-designate for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, on 29 September in Brussels.
The hearing begins with a short speech of the Commissioner-designate outlining the main priorities in his prospective portfolio and the initiatives he considers putting forward during his mandate. Following his introductory remarks, Mr Vella will reply to questions from Members. The committee evaluates the Commissioner-designate after the meeting and sends its evaluation to the Conference of Committee Chairs.
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 held 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.
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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