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Issue No:84
  • :0976 1121
  • :December
  • :2020

Samudra Report No.84, December 2020


Statement / fishing communities

Call to the European Commission:

An Inclusive Oceans Strategy is Needed to Secure Sustainable Fishing Communities

On the occasion of the World Fisheries Day (21 November, 2020), sixteen small-scale fisheries organizations, from Europe and Africa, environmental and development NGOs, and the former Vice-chair of the European Parliament fisheries committee have signed a statement calling the European Commissioner-designate for Environment and Oceans, Virginijus Sinkevitius, to secure sustainable fisheries and prosperous fishing communities in Europe and in partner developing countries through an inclusive oceans strategy that recognizes the central role of fisheries.   The statement is available at:

We, the undersigned organizations and people, are deeply concerned by the recently published European Commission DG Mare proposed priorities on oceans, entitled ‘A Blue Economy Initiative to Combat Climate Change’ as it does not include the need to establish sustainable fisheries and fishing communities.

Even though fisheries are by far the largest provider of employment, income, livelihoods and food of all the ocean-based industries, they are absent from the European...

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