MEP Ricardo Serrao Santos will be chairing a conference on “Marine Protected Areas and recreational fisheries:Sustainable management and benefits" organised by the European Parliament Forum on Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environment, with the support of the European Anglers Alliance (EAA) and the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA).
Natura 2000 sites cover more than 18% of the EU’s land area and almost 6% of its marine territory. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are not a system of strict nature reserves from which all human activities would be excluded. The EAA and EFTTA believe that recreational angling does not harmthese sites but that on the contrary it delivers much welcomed sustainable socio-economic activities, while providing ‘eyes and ears” in areas that are difficult to monitor. Member States must ensure that the sites are managed in a sustainable manner, both ecologically and economically.