European association for the promotion of sustainable and responsible fisheries



Fishing in the North-East Atlantic: Blue Fish trusts MEPs to consider all factual arguments

10 October 2013

Fishing in the North-East Atlantic: Blue Fish trusts MEPs to consider all factual arguments

BRUSSELS — October 10, 2013 — The European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee will, on the 17th October, vote on the Report regulating fishing in the North-East Atlantic. Blue Fish salutes the openness from the members of the Fisheries Committee, and from the political groups represented in the European Parliament, to listen to the stakeholders affected by the Report.

Blue Fish has participated in the debate representing the voices and interests of fisheries professionals; civil society; environmental NGOs; ports and infrastructures; schools and research centres. We advocate for a balanced approach that doesn’t fall into the populist rhetoric used by some environmental NGOs but instead considers the impact that some measures may have in the lives of those dependent on the fisheries sector.

Olivier Le Nézet, President of Blue Fish said: “Our concern is with the fragile economic and social balance in our territories. We advocate for sustainable solutions that allow for more economic, more ecologic and safer fisheries – we don’t want to fish more, we want to fish better. Today’s deep sea fishing in the North-East Atlantic is a heavily controlled responsible activity that respects the findings of scientific studies and international regulation”

Blue Fish is confident that the vote on Thursday will reflect MEP’s strong understanding of the specificities of the fisheries sector. The future of EU’s fisheries should be decided having into account the views and shared expertise with officially recognized scientists of those that are at the core of this activity, the fishermen. We are looking forward to working together with the European Parliament, and the other EU institutions, in designing an effective Common Fisheries Policy that safeguards the present and the future of the fisheries sector. - ENDS – -

Notes to Editor

About Blue Fish

Blue Fish is the European Association for the Promotion of Sustainable and Responsible Fisheries. Created in Brussels on the 8th March 2013, and registered as a European NGO, Blue Fish’s membership already represents numerous maritime territories from different geographies – France, Spain, Portugal, UK, Ireland – and sectors of activity – fisheries professionals, environmental NGOs, civil society and elected representatives, ports and infrastructure management, schools and research centres.

More information about Blue Fish can be found soon on the website (currently in construction)

For more information: Nicolas Teisseire Blue Fish 12 avenue de la Perrière 56324 Lorient Cedex France +33 (0)2 97 88 22 44