With the European Trawling Alliance (EBFA) to reiterate that the Action Plan "Protecting and restoring marine ecosystems for sustainable and resilient fishing"
22, Mar 2023
Federpesca present in Brussels with the European Trawling Alliance (EBFA) to reiterate that the Action Plan "Protecting and restoring marine ecosystems for sustainable and resilient fishing" presented by the European Commission represents a frontal attack on fishing and endangers the EU's food supply, security and food self-sufficiency.
The EBFA met on 20 March in Brussels for a meeting with national fisheries authorities, including the Italian Representation in Brussels, to discuss the scope, pathway and impact of the Commission's proposed fisheries policies .
The meeting was held following the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council, during which the "fisheries package" presented by the European Commission on 21 February 2023 was at the center of the discussion. The Minister of Agriculture, Food Sovereignty and Forests, Francesco Lollobrigida, underlined here how it is necessary to review the Action Plan, in particular as regards compliance with the obligation to land unwanted catches and the gradual elimination of fishing in train.
"The objective of gradually eliminating trawlers from all SCI/Natura 2000 (expanding), and which in the announced perspective will also concern areas outside the Marine Protected Areas" - declared the Director of Federpesca, Francesca Biondo - “it directly affects a sector which in Europe contributes 25% to the total landings of fish products and 38% of revenues, with 7,000 boats (of which around 2,000 are Italian). The demand that is not satisfied by the national product would be filled by the imported product, from countries with less strict rules on fisheries management."
"The Commission's objective of phasing out bottom trawling is clearly disproportionate, unjustified and not based on updated and verified scientific data, as well as being an absolutely short-sighted policy to guarantee the food supply of EU countries. For this reason on the day of Monday we wanted to be in Brussels to defend the sector and make our voice heard. We thank the Minister of Agriculture, Food Sovereignty and Forestry Francesco Lollobrigida and the Italian Representation in Brussels for the support shown to the Italian fish sector, so that it is guaranteed a sustainable future not only environmentally, but also economically and socially." - thus concluded the Director Biondo.