The European Parliament deals with an important amount of legislation that has a direct impact on fish stocks and the aquatic environment.
The "Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environment Forum" 's obejctive is to keep MEPs aware of issues that affect their 25 million EU angling constituents.
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Recreational Fisheries Discussion Forum



On the 25th of March at lunchtime, you are invited to the launch event of the Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environment Forum, chaired by MEP Norica Nicolai.

This event will be entitled 
“Why do we need to talk about recreational fisheries in the European Parliament? Economics, Environment, Rural Development”.

It will be a great opportunity for MEPs to meet several European anglers' associations and to learn more about how angling bring benefits to the economy, the environment and rural development.  

More information to come soon on our website:
RecFishing Forum News
In 2014, ICES, the scientific fisheries adviser to the Commission advised an 80% cut in all sea bass catches as the state of the stock had worsened and was going to continue worsening due to a small spawning stock.
Nevertheless, the EU Member States failed to agree on any management measures at the EU Fisheries Council meeting in December 2014.
Thereafter, the UK government requested some emergency measures to be taken to address pelagic fisheries targeting sea bass from January to April 2015 in order to protect the sea bass spawning aggregations. The European Commission has accepted this request with some small modifications. E.g. the concerned area was extended to include the dark blue areas in the map below.
The emergency trawl fisheries ban took effect on the 28th January until the end of April 2015.

Story #2: Sportvisserij Nederland 

Sportvisserij Nederland (Sport fishing Netherlands) is the Dutch national association for angling. It represents 1000 local angling clubs and counts 520.000 affiliated anglers.

The headquarters of the association are situated in Bilthoven. From there, Sportvisserij Nederland deals with several activities such as policy advocacy, creation of educational programmes for youngsters, organisation of monitoring activities for water quality and fish stocks, drafting and editing publications of different magazines on angling and managing all The Netherlands’ angling fishing permits
Sportvisserij Netherlands has a strong expertise in the field of fisheries biology, aquatic ecology and resource management. As they said in their 
website “a healthy fish stocks in a healthy water is in everyone's interest”.
Read more

The offices of Sportvisserij Nederland in Bilthoven and some of the materials they use during their monitoring activities. 
EU RecFishing News

Motion for a resolution on pollution control in Europe’s rivers and lakes 

MEP Aldo Particiello (EPP, Italy) presented a motion for resolution on pollution control in rivers and lakes calling the Commission to verify the effectiveness of the instruments that have been proposed in this field. Access the resolution here  

Eels can be used to help monitor water’s ecological quality

The European eel could act as an indicator of the ecological quality of aquatic environments. A research suggests that new pollution limits could be developed based on levels of pollutants in eel muscle with the aim of improving the ecological quality of water under the WFD. Read more   

Almost half of EU freshwaters suffer from chemical pollution   

The health of almost half of all European freshwaters are at risk from organic chemical pollution. These environments can be damaged by organic chemical pollutants from human activities which risks the loss of the ecosystem services and biodiversity. Read more. 
RecFishing Events
European Parliament Committees

Fisheries: 23-24 February 2015 
Environment: 23-24 February 2015 
Agriculture: 23-24 February 2015 
Regional development: 26 February 2015

European Fisheries Fair 
13-15 February 2015
Nantes, France

Sailing towards 2020 
2-3 March 2015
Brussels, Belgium

European Fishing Tackle Trade Exhibition 
11-13 June 2015
Warsaw, Poland

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