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The RecFishing Forum Newsletter

In this edition:

Next event: Recreational fisheries in the EU 
Succesful kick-off of the RecFishing Forum

Interview with MEP Niclas Herbst

January 2020
About the RecFishing Forum: The European Parliament deals with important legislation which has a direct impact on fish stocks and the aquatic environment. The Forum on Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environment has been established to help the MEPs understand what can be complex issues affecting 25 million EU angling constituents.
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Recreational fisheries in the EU: 
state of play, governance, perspectives

MEP Niclas Herbst will chair the conference "Recreational fisheries in the EU: state of play, governance, perspectives" organised by the European Parliament Forum on Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environment, with the support of the European Anglers Alliance (EAA) and the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA). 

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

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. 
More information and draft agenda available here
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Successful kick-off of the Forum on Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environment in the European Parliament
MEP Niclas Herbst and Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius welcome constructive dialogue with the recreational fisheries sector during the relaunch event of the RecFishing Forum.

The official relaunch of the European Parliament Forum on Recreational Fisheries and the Aquatic Environment (Recfishing Forum) took place on the 26th of November 2019 during the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Hosted by MEP Niclas Herbst (EPP Group, Germany), representatives from the European Anglers Alliance (EAA) and the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA) were joined by Members of the European Parliament from different EU countries and political groups to exchange on the role of recreational fishing in Europe and future areas of cooperation in the context of the Forum. 
As Chair of the event, Niclas Herbst welcomed the participants and underlined the importance of the Recfishing Forum: “I am convinced that the discussions we have in the Forum matter a lot for us as MEPs, to regularly check with stakeholders and people that the policies we adopt are practicable and fit for purpose”.
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Interview with MEP Niclas Herbst, Chair of the RecFishing Forum
Following the official relaunch of the European Parliament Forum on Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environment last November in Strasbourg, the European Anglers Alliance (EAA) and the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA) are glad to count on the support of Mr Niclas Herbst, who has accepted to become the Chair of the Forum for the next five years.

MEP Herbst was elected to the European Parliament for the first time in July 2019. He is a member of the Fisheries Committee and Budget Committee. Originally from Kiel, a town by the Baltic Sea, he is very active on fisheries policy issues and has had an open ear for the recreational fisheries sector early on during his mandate. 

We asked him three questions about his new engagement and his perspective on recreational fisheries. 
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EU Ministers agree sea bass management measures for 2020


On the 17th of December, after a long night of negotiations, EU Fisheries Ministers found an agreement on the 2020 fishing opportunities, including new management measures for sea bass in Northern and Southern waters. The European Anglers Alliance (EAA) and the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA) were satisfied with the agreement which they deemed fair for the recreational fisheries sector. 

The recreational fisheries measures 2020 - overview:

Northern Atlantic waters (ICES divisions 4b, 4c, 6a, 7a to 7k)
Bag-limit: 2 bass per, 9 months: 1 March to 30 November (catch and release the other 3 months)
(up from 1 bass / 7 months this year)

Southern Atlantic waters (ICES divisions 8a and 8b – Bay of Biscay)
Bag-limit: 2 bass per day, all year

The bass stock will continue to rebuild under this 2020 management scheme, which was a high priority for the EAA and the EFTTA. 

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World Fish Migration Day 2020 


Save the date! The fourth edition of the World Fish Migration Day will take place on the 16th of May. 

The World Fish Migration Day (WFMD) is celebrated every second year to raise awareness regarding the importance of open rivers and the difficulties faced by migratory fish species to fulfil their natural life cycle due to the barriers created in the rivers, such as weirs and hydropower dams. The event aims at a large public including students, resource managers and engineers, commercial and recreational anglers, policymakers, etc.

Hundreds of events will take place all around the world to improve the public's understanding of the importance of migratory fish and what can be done to protect them. You can find all the planned events in this map

The European Anglers Alliance (EAA) and the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA) are supporters of the WFMD and events have been organised in the framework of the RecFishing Forum. Stay tuned to discover our plans for the 2020 celebration!

More information on WFMD available here

Introducing… Sportvisserij Nederland
This article is part a series dedicated to the presentation of angling associations across Europe. For this edition, we introduce the EAA member from the Netherlands: Sportvisserij Nederland.

Sportvisserij Nederland represents more than 500.000 Dutch anglers in a country where more than 1 million people go fishing every year, including more than 200.000 children. The association is devoted to promoting angling in the Netherlands as an environmental low impact activity that generates substantial socio-economic benefits. Policy advocacy, educational programmes for youngsters and fish stock management activities are at the heart of Sportvisserij Nederland’s mission and many activities are carried out thanks to the work of volunteers that keep the local clubs active.

The association also coordinates big ecosystems restoration projects and provides high-level expertise to public authorities and fishing clubs in the fields of fisheries biology, aquatic ecology, data collection and fish stock management with the objective of having healthy fish stocks in healthy waters: the right way to go to have a thriving recreational fisheries sector!

More information on Sportvisserij Nederland here
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