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Addressing Abandoned, Lost and Otherwise Discarded Fishing Gear in Europe

Fisheries and Maritime Affairs
Date: Tuesday, 02 July 2019 09:00 - 17:00

Venue: European Commission DG MARE

World Animal Protection, Global Ghost Gear Initiative, European Commission and Waste Free Oceans are organising a one-day multi-stakeholder session in Brussels for representatives of the fishing industry (including manufacturers and distributors), policy makers, Member-States and NGOs to discuss best practice, including from outside Europe, and options on how to implement the changes foreseen in the Directive.  

The event will include stakeholder presentations and roundtable discussions to identify opportunities in implementation of the Directive, highlighting especially the role of manufacturers and recyclers in creating a sustainable circular economy for fishing gear. 

The key objectives of the meeting are to:

Provide an overview of new measures and update on EU policy initiatives: legislation, data-gathering, research and funding/projects

Have an open discussion with fishing gear manufacturers and recyclers who will be impacted by EPR schemes to identify key challenges and opportunities, with specific consideration to gear design and end of life logistics 

Identify lessons learned from ongoing efforts and identify possible bottlenecks

Situate the EU’s efforts in a global context – giving an overview of developments in other countries

Promote the Global Ghost Gear Initiative and our work to develop best practice for the management of fishing gear .


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  • Tuesday, 02 July 2019 09:00 - 17:00

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