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Commission CFP reform call for response closes

Brussels, 31st December 2009. The call for responses on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy closed on 31st December 2009 and SAR contributed several submissions.

In 2009, the Commission launched a wide-ranging debate on the way that EU fisheries are managed. Commissioner Joe Borg has openly stated that the Common Fisheries Policy needs major reform and called on all stakeholders to respond to the open consultation with imaginative solutions.

Seas At Risk has been working on this issue for many years and spent a significant part of 2009 focused on trying to answer the question of how best to reform the Common Fisheries Policy. Seas At Risk submitted three responses:

a Seas At Risk internal response

conclusions from the conference on capacity reduction and fleet restructuring, held on the 21st October 2009

and the executive summary of a report on low impact fisheries.

All responses can be found on the European Commission website (link below). OCEAN 2012, of which Seas At Risk is a founding member, also responded to the open consultation.

The report on the consultation is expected in March 2010. It remains to be seen how the Commission will react to the many diverse responses it received to its call.

Link to contributions received by the European Commission on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy.
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