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Thursday, August 20, 2015

20/08/2015: EC Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries releases 2015 Management Plan

The EC's Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has released its 2015 Management Plan.   

"....2015 is the start of a new policy cycle in the European Commission, and this entails a number of specific challenges for the DG," the plan states.

"Building on the President's Agenda for Jobs and Growth and Commissioner Karmenu Vella’s Mission Letter we will concentrate on the following political priorities:   

  • Implementing the recently agreed reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)  
  • Move forward ocean governance internationally and develop the EU's maritime economy to promote growth and jobs."  
http://ec.europa.eu/atwork/synthesis/amp/doc/mare_mp_en.pdf?lang=en
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"Our main policy deliverable in 2015 will be a Commission Communication on Ocean Governance and the Blue Economy. We will engage internationally in the UN and in other multilateral fora but also bilaterally with key global partners to keep the oceans healthy, clean and safe whilst creating the best possible investment climate for more growth and jobs from ocean resources....." 

"....Four specific objectives contribute to the general objective:

"General objective: To develop the potential of the European maritime economy and to secure sustainable fisheries, a stable supply of seafood, healthy seas and prosperous coastal communities – for today's Europeans and for future generations. 

  • Specific objective 1: Promote sustainable and competitive fisheries and aquaculture.
  • Specific objective 2: Foster the development and implementation of the Union's Integrated Maritime Policy in a complementary manner to Cohesion policy and to the Common Fisheries Policy.
  • Specific objective 3: Foster the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy by stepping up the fight against IUU fishing, an effective Union fisheries control system and an adequate data collection framework.
  • Specific objective 4: Contribute to long-term sustainability of fisheries worldwide through an active involvement in international organisations and by concluding sustainable fisheries partnership agreements with third countries."
Download the full text of the plan HERE.


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