Fisheries group launches EU Campaign –

Fisheries group launches EU Campaign Published:  23 July, 2014

ON 16 July Secretariat of the Intergroup on Aquatic Environment and Recreational Fisheries hosted a cocktail event in the European Parliament to launch a discussion group focusing on the aquatic environment problems that affect fisheries and recreational fishermen.

The Intergroup is provided by the European Anglers’ Alliance (EAA) and the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA).

Much legislation dealt with by the European Parliament has a direct impact on fish stocks and the aquatic environment and thereby the quality of the recreational fishing experience and wellbeing of the recreational fishing community.

The objectives of the creation of this Intergroup are:

 – improving the contact and communication between the MEPs and their 25 million angling constituents;

– serving as a forum for discussion on fish stocks, recreational fishing, environment, rural development, fishing tourism;

– giving MEPs access to EAA and EFTTA in-house experts and broad network of scientists.

The Intergroup plans to be regularly organising meetings about aquatic environment issues on the European Parliament such as: water quality; sustainable fish stocks; aquatic energy, hydropower and dams; rural development; fishing tourism etc.

The campaign for the ‘Intergroup on Aquatic Environment and Recreational Fisheries’ aims at getting the support of at least three political groups and gathering the signatures of all the supporting Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

Pierangelo Zanetta, EFTTA President

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