Yesterday, the European Parliament held a landmark conference titled “Is bottom fishing in the EU sustainable? A new perspective under the European Commission’s Action Plan”. Hosted by the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and rapporteur of this file, Niclas Herbst (EPP, DE), the event brought together leading scientists on seabed habitats and bottom fishing, along with representatives from the Commission, key stakeholders from the fishing sector and civil society. Scientists presented the latest research on bottom trawling sustainability, compatibility with Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and trade-offs between the environmental impact of fisheries and food self-sufficiency. EBFA once again urged the European Commission to incorporate all relevant scientific findings into its policy-making, including the action plan, and to refrain from cherry-picking scientific data to advance its own agenda.
High Seas Fish Producers Organization (HSFPO) was established by Polish companies conducting fishing operations in North Atlantic – NAFO and NEAFC areas, in the Fishery Protection Zone around Svalbard, also in the West Africa - Morocco and Mauritania waters and in the South Pacific – SPRFMO area.
For years we have been cooperating with many national, European and international organizations to help our operators to achieve Common Fishery Policies goals as well as to conduct rational and sustainable fishing operations.
HSFPO PURSUES INTER ALIA THE FOLLOWING OBJECTIVES:
PROMOTING THE VIABLE AND SUSTAINABLE FISHING ACTIVITIES OF ITS MEMBERS
CONTRIBUTING TO THE TRACEABILITY OF FISHERY PRODUCTS AND ACCESS TO CLEAR AND COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION FOR CONSUMERS
CONTRIBUTING TO FOOD SUPPLY AND PROMOTING HIGH FOOD QUALITY AND SAFETY STANDARDS, WHILST CONTRIBUTING TO EMPLOYMENT IN COASTAL AREAS
REDUCING THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF FISHING
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organized a conference yesterday on ‘EU food sovereignty: the role of agriculture, fisheries and consumers’. The event addressed the importance of food production in the EU, the role of the primary sector and of consumers in ensuring strategic autonomy. As part of the panel, Europêche regretted that despite the generalised improvement in the state of fish stocks, the EU’s self-sufficiency has been steadily declining in the last decade. Currently, the EU only produces 30% of the fish it consumes. As a consequence, Europêche called for a structural shift within the European Commission, specifically proposing the establishment of a dedicated Fisheries Commissioner for the term 2024-2029, separate from environmental affairs, with a strong focus on ensuring food security.