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Recreational fisheries in the EU: state of play, governance, perspectives

Fisheries and Maritime Affairs
Date: Wednesday, 19 February 2020 08:00 - 09:30

Venue: Room JAN 6Q1, European Parliament, Brussels

The conference will take place on the 19th of February from 08:00 to 09:30 in the European Parliament (Room JAN 6Q1). Breakfast will be offered.

Draft agenda

Recreational fisheries are not considered as a distinct sector by the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) but are increasingly regulated at EU level through a series of legislative acts such as the multiannual management plans, the Control Regulation, the Data Collection Framework and bag limits for key species like seabass and cod. The rationale for these inclusions is limited to stock management only, with a focus on commercially important stocks or stocks at risk, while the economic and social sustainability of the sector is not taken into account. On top of this, the pending revision of the fisheries control regulation includes provisions to increase the monitoring and control of recreational fisheries. 

The conference will be an occasion to highlight the socio-economic and environmental importance of the sector. Furthermore, the governance of recreational fisheries and the sector’s inclusion in EU policies and legislation, most notably the CFP, will be debated. The objective of this meeting is to identify opportunities and barriers that may assist or impede a shift from the current control-only oriented approach to a more comprehensive and coherent policy-making and management with regard to the recreational sea fisheries sector. 

If you wish to register to our event or if you need an accreditation to access the European Parliament, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the 11th of February 2020.


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