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The Committee on Fisheries will hold a hearing on "Marine Protected Areas: valuing marine biodiversity and ecosystems for the Blue Economy" on 9 November 2016 from 16:30 to 18:30.
Marine protected areas (MPAs) are key components in an ecosystem approach to fisheries management. Amongst their benefits is their role in conservation of valuable species and habitats, and the protection of economic resources. Furthermore, marine reserves are not closed systems and can determine a recovery in the productive potential of fishing resources, inside or in the immediate vicinity of the protected area. Most European MPAs have been developed in an attempt to unite and harmonise conservation and economic interests, improving fisheries through the sustainable exploitation of natural resources, and maximizing additional socio-economic benefits such as scuba-diving and tourism.
Location : Paul-Henri Spaak (PHS) 5B001