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  • Sea Bass 2017 measures
  • EP recreational fisheries survey
  • Angling tourism
  • Meet the Anglers: Denmark
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Sea Bass
Sea bass measures 2017 – recreational fishing

        
 
At the request of the European Anglers Alliance (EAA) and the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association (EFTAA) - for reasons of flexibility, and to provide more and better data on recreational fishing for bass - the Commission had proposed to the ministers the adoption of a monthly bag limit (10 bass) instead of (or along with) the daily bag limit which is currently in force of one bass. The Commission has also suggested a two month closure instead of the six months in force in 2016. However, the ministers declined both suggestions and so chose a ‘roll-over’ of the 2016 measures to 2017, which are: no retention the first half of the year (Catch and Release only), and one fish only for the second half of the year. These measures did much harm to the recreational sector and will continue to do so. In particular charter boats, which bring anglers out to sea for payment were impacted.

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European Parliament Study
EU recreational fisheries survey – a contract winner has been found

 

Last year the European Parliament decided to spend 120,000 EUR on a study entitled "Recreational and semi-subsistence fishing - its value and its impact on fish stocks”.
The winner of the contract has been found. It is a consortium made up of these three scientific institutes:

Cefas (UK)
Thünen Institute (Germany)
AZTI (Spain)

The European Anglers Alliance (EAA) and the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA) are very happy that they won the contract.  

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Tourism
The European Parliament supports the development of sustainable recreational fisheries tourism activities

 

The European Parliament is currently working on a non-legislative report entitled “The role of fisheries-related tourism in the diversification of fisheries”. The Committee on Fisheries is the responsible for drafting the report and MEP Renata Briano (Italy, S&D) has been appointed as rapporteur. The Committee on Transport and Tourism decided to appoint MEP István Ujhelyi (Hungary, S&D) to prepare an opinion to contribute to the drafting of the report and EAA (the European Anglers Alliance) and EFTTA (European Fishing Tackle Trade Association) representatives in Brussels have been in close contact with both rapporteurs in order to provide them information and data about the key role of recreational fisheries in the tourism sector. 

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EU Angling associations
Meet the anglers # 10 : Danmarks Sportfiskerforbund - The Danish Anglers Association

 
Danmarks Sportfiskerforbud is the main organization for sports and angling associations in Denmark. Its members are not only individuals but also municipalities, schools, tackle shops, etc. It covers all recreational angling technics, such as surf casting, trolling, coarse fishing, spin fishing, fly fishing and sea fishing. As of 2016, it represents over 18,000 members from 160 clubs. 

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European Commission - DG ENVI
Herbicide found in German estuaries, transported to the Baltic Sea 

Glyphosate is a widely used herbicide, able to kill a broad range of plants that compete with crops. This study used a validated method to assess its presence in 10 German estuaries that lead to the Baltic Sea. All but one was contaminated with glyphosate, and all were contaminated with its metabolite AMPA. 

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European Projects

AMBER - Adaptive Management of Barriers in European Rivers

The AMBER project seeks to apply adaptive management to the operation of dams and barriers in European rivers to achieve a more efficient restoration of stream connectivity, and address impacts caused by river fragmentation. The launch event took place on the 30th of November in Brussels with the screening of the DamNation documentary. 

More info on the AMBER project here

 


Aquaculture Advisory Council 

EAA attended the first General Assembly of the AAC
The AAC was launched during the summer. The first general assembly took place on the 8th of December and the EAA participated as observer. The main priority for the EAA in this forum is to push for sustainable fish farming in the EU and Europe.
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