Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) will be the top for discussion at the next meeting of the EFTTA and European Anglers Alliance (EAA) lobby group in Brussels next month.
The RecFishing Forum takes place on Monday, October 9 and will be attended by four members of EFTTA, CEO, Jean Claude-Bel, Public Affairs Officer, Jan Kappel, Environmental and Fisheries Legal Advisor, Anna Szczodrowska, and Membership and Communications Officer, Marisol Pinillos,
The event is aimed at finding sustainable solutions to improving the management of MPA's both ecologically and economically.
The European Commission's Natura 2000 MPA sites cover more than 18% of the EU's land area and almost 6% of its marine territory.
MPAs are not a system of strict nature reserves from which all human activities are excluded. Recreational fisheries, and angling in particular, is a low impact activity bringing important socio-economic benefits within the MPAs and at shore, while providing 'eyes and ears' in areas that are difficult to monitor.
MEP Ricardo Serrão Santos will be chairing the event, entitled 'Marine protected areas and recreational fisheries: sustainable management and benefits'.
Talking points will include:
- The value of Marine Protected Areas in the EU;
- The benefits of recreational fisheries in MPAs.
There will also be a roundtable discussion on recreational fishing in MPAs and its effect in case studies from Portuguese, German and Danish delegates and Oscar Sagué from the International Forum for Sustainable Underwater Activities (IFSU).
There will also be a reaction from Humberto Delgado Rosa from the European Commission on recreational fisheries in Natura 2000 areas.
Following a debate, Ricardo Serrão Santos will deliver his conclusions.