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Assessing the EU Common Fisheries Policy: Stepping Up Efforts towards Sustainability, 12. 9. 2018
Datum: 25.05.2018
Conference Team
Assessing the EU Common Fisheries Policy:
Stepping Up Efforts towards Sustainability
Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre, Brussels
Wednesday 12th September 2018
Event Details Event Brochure Website Register to Attend


In recent years, the EU fleet's economic performance has improved significantly, registering record-high profits of €770 million in 2014. Average salaries and labour productivity have also increased, generating positive impact on many European coastal communities. Catches accounts for around 80% of the total volume of the EU production. However, 68% of the seafood consumed in the EU is currently imported, while only 10% of the consumption is farmed here.

In its annual Communication on principles for 2018 fishing opportunities, the Commission issued for the first time a state of play of the implementation of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), lastly updated in 2013. The renewed CFP aims to ensure that fishing activities are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable. Consistently with these objectives, under the CFP provisions, all stocks must be fished at the Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) levels by 2020. Other key pillars of the CFP are the reduction of unwanted catches and other wasteful practices, as well as the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IIU) fishing. In order to improve the system of authorisations granted to EU fishing vessels fishing in non-EU waters and of authorisations for third country vessels to fish in EU waters, in December 2017, the Parliament and the Council adopted a new Regulation on the management of external fishing fleets, repealing Council Regulation (EC) N.1006/2008.

To close the gap between how much capture fisheries can sustainably produce and the demand for consumption, the CFP sets as one of its key components the boosting of the EU aquaculture industry. The European aquaculture sector, largely dominated by SMEs or micro-enterprises in coastal and rural areas, accounts for about 20% of fish production and directly employs about 85 000 people. Since the publication of the 2013 Strategic Guidelines on the sustainable development of European aquaculture, the Commission has been working closely with Member States to address the barriers hampering the development of the sector, while launching a number of campaigns to promote sustainable and competitive fish farming. However, regional and local actors have an important role to play in the implementation of EU rules and the promotion of local high-quality seafood production.

This international symposium provides a timely and invaluable opportunity for experts, government agencies, seafood industry representatives and other key stakeholders to discuss the latest European developments and updates regarding the Common Fisheries Policy and the sustainable management of fisheries. It will also allow delegates to assess the current and future perspectives of the EU aquaculture industry and discuss strategies to support its growth.

Delegates will:

  • Review the current European policy framework on fisheries and evaluate its implementation
  • Analyse the regulatory updates regarding the management of the external fishing fleets
  • Gain insight into recent trends in the sustainable management of wild fisheries
  • Learn about actions to combat Illegal, Unreported And Unregulated (IIU) Fishing
  • Explore political actions to bolster the European aquaculture industry
  • Share best practice on how foster the prosperity of coastal communities
  • Liaise with experts and relevant stakeholders at national and international level

To view our brochure, including the full event programme, click here.

I am pleased to advise you that we offer a 20% early registration discount off the standard delegate rates (subject to type of organisation and terms and conditions) for bookings received by the 10th August 2018.  Do feel free to circulate this information to relevant colleagues within your organisation.

In the meantime, to ensure your organisation is represented, please book online or complete and return the registration form at your earliest convenience in order to secure your delegate place(s). 



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Conference Team
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