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Legal texts related to the implementation of the EMFF

DG MARE has compiled all the legal texts related to the implementation of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund in one single electronic publication, namely:

  • Regulation (EU) No 508/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund
  • Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

The compilation has been made available in the 24 EU languages aiming at facilitating the work of the main EMFF stakeholder. Please, to see the document in English click here. You can also find the compilation in the 24 EU language in the DG MARE website here

TourFish event on Food, Fisheries and Tourism

The INTERREG 2 Seas Programme Authorities and the TourFish (Tourism for Food, Inshore Fishing and Sustainability) cluster partners will be holding a European event on 23rd and 24th of June 2014 in Hastings, UK. The 2-day event will focus on how agro-food, fisheries and responsible tourism can work together to deliver new opportunities for sustainable development along the coast and in the towns and countryside in the 2 Seas area. Producers (farmers and fishers), tourism professionals and educationalists are invited to come together to share ideas and experiences of combining food, fisheries and tourism.  Click here for the programme and registration.

Public consultation on CFP technical measures

On January 24, the European Commission launched a consultation on a new framework for technical measures in the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Technical measures are a broad set of rules which govern how, where and when fishermen may fish. They are established for all European sea basins, but they differ considerably from one basin to another.

The measures can include: minimum landing sizes and minimum conservation sizes; specifications for the design and use of gears; minimum mesh sizes for nets; the requirement for selective gears to reduce unwanted catches; closed areas and seasons; limitations on by-catches; and measures to minimize the impact of fishing on the marine ecosystem and environment.

The consultation aims to gather the views of the main stakeholders on how to achieve the objectives of the reformed CFP, considering these technical measures and the governance structure within which they operate. The deadline for submissions is the 24 April 2014. 

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Socio-economic dimensions in EU fisheries: final study report

This report presents the results from a study commissionned by DG MARE of the European Commission. It is intended to make a contribution to understanding local processes of development and diversification and the role of fisheries in coastal communities through the collection of primary data at the local level. The study focuses on selected locations within four fisheries-dependent maritime regions of the EU: Galicia (Spain), Sicily (Italy), Brittany (France) and Shetland (UK).

 

 

Women in Fisheries: European Parliament Study

A report commissioned by the European Parliament on women in fisheries has recently been published. Entitled "Women in fisheries: a European perspective", the report gives an overview of the current situation faced by women in the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Europe and the prerequisites for improved gender mainstreaming. It presents and discusses the available data on female employment in the sector, the problems faced by women’s fisheries organisations and their future prospects. It also proposes that the impact of the EFF on the promotion of gender equality should be evaluated, and outlines the expectations vested in the EMFF. As part of the research conducted for this study, FLAGs received a questionnaire on the importance of gender in their strategies and extent to which women are benefiting from Axis 4. 111 FLAGs responded to the questionnaire. This sample showed that 50% of FLAGs employed a female Manager while 22% of FLAG boards were made up of women. At the same time, 29% of FLAG respondents claimed to have a specific focus on women in their strategies while 19% of local projects approved had a female beneficiary or target audience.

Final report    

Call for cooperation: Belgian venture looking for partners in ecological and economic sustainability

Pintafish is a new cooperative venture between small-scale fishers and a niche retail company experienced in ‘green products’, to sell sustainably caught fish from the Belgian North Sea directly to consumers throughout Belgium and so ensure a good financial return for the fishers.

Active in the the area of the Belgian FLAG West Vlaanderen, Pintafish is looking for contact with similar ventures in other countries and FLAG areas, to learn from each others’ experience of how small-scale/artisanal fishers can successfully catch and market fish which is sustainable, and in doing so, earn an income which guarantees the socio-economic viability of the fishers themselves.

Public consultation - Challenges and opportunities for maritime and coastal tourism in Europe

Acknowledging the economic potential of sustainable coastal and maritime tourism in the EU as well as the multiple challenges ahead for this sector, the European Commission will present a Communication on the "Challenges and Opportunities for Maritime and Coastal Tourism in the EU" in 2012. In view of the preparation of this Communication, the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry are launching a Public Consultation, which will be open until 6 August 2012

Through an online questionnaire, this consultation aims at gathering the opinion of individuals and stakeholders that have an interest in and would like to shape the EU actions in the maritime and coastal tourism sectors.

More information and online questionnaire here

 

Latvian conference on development in fisheries areas

From September 27-28, the Liepaja District Partnership’ FLAG, in cooperation with the Latvian Fisheries Network, will organise an international conference on ‘Fisheries Areas Development Possibilities’. The conference, which will take place in Pērkone, on the South-West Coast of Latvia, will bring together FLAG’s, fisheries sector representatives, local government representatives and social partners  to discuss and exchange experience on promoting sustainable development in fisheries areas. 

Specifically, it will look at FLAG development strategies, the benefits and challenges of Axis 4, as well as presenting good examples and promoting opportunities for cooperation. It will cover the development of coastal areas, looking at the challenges and possibilities in relation to the development of the fisheries sector, tourism seasonality, infrastructure and employment, and also the development of lake areas, looking at inland fisheries development, as well the diversification of local economies through the development of recreational fishing.

For registering, please fill in the registration form and send it to ligita.laipeniece@lrpartneriba.lv 

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What are your views on the proposed European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)?

On 14 March, the Commission presented a Staff Working Paper on the "Common Strategic Framework" (CSF) which sets the main investment priorities and key actions for programmes for the 2014-2020 period.

The proposals aim to make it easier to combine various funds so as to maximise the impact of EU investments. For the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, the Common Strategic Framework is a key document, as it lays out the ways in which the EMFF will work in coordination with the other funds to achieve the economic diversification, social cohesion and environmental sustainability in fisheries dependent communities.

This consultation is an excellent opportunity for FLAGs and all FARNET stakeholders to share their opinion on this proposal, and work together for the evolution of Axis 4.

Comments on the CSF may be sent to the European Commission by e-mail at REGIO-CSF(at)ec.europa.eu.  

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Women in Fisheries: Spain´s 2nd Annual Conference

The second annual conference of Spain´s National Network for Women in Fisheries (Malaga, 24-25 October) brought together close to 400 participants: women from around Spain (fisherwomen, net-workers, shellfish gatherers, harbour workers…) as well as national and regional administrations and a series of speakers to address the theme of female entrepreneurship.  Speeches by Rosa Aguilar Rivero, Minister for Environmental, Rural and Marine Affairs, and Alicia Villauriz, Secretary-General of Marine Affairs, both mentioned the important contribution that Axis 4 of the EFF could make to supporting women in the fisheries sector to consolidate or embark upon new economic activities. Monica Burch from the FARNET Support Unit was also among the panelists and gave a number of concrete examples of how this was happening around Europe. Spanish project promoters and FLAG Managers were also present to share their experience.  Spain has recently signed an agreement with Women´s World Banking to facilitate micro-finance and business support to women in fisheries.