Online Event: Achieving sustainability in fisheries through research and innovation
11 November 2021, 14:00 – 16:00 CET
Hosted by MEP Maria da Graça Carvalho
Vice-Chair of the Committee on Fisheries (PECH) of the European Parliament
Co-chair of the Ocean Governance Working Group of the
European Parliament Intergroup on ‘Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development’
As a topic of growing importance, sustainable fisheries is currently in the spotlight as the goal of many fisheries management measures throughout the globe. In the EU, this is realized through the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), which calls for a balanced approach through the three pillars of sustainability; environmental, economic and social. As a result, it is pivotal to ensure the renewability of fish stocks in the oceans, protect habitats and threatened species, as well as to empower coastal communities and local economies that rely on fishing.
Looking at solutions, a way to achieve the above is through developing smart and innovative practices, which will enable fishers to fish better, in full respect of biodiversity and the environment in general. Recognizing the important role of market responsibility, this event will serve as an opportunity to present Innomar’s recent development of smart and sustainable fishing gear towards low-impact fishing through digitalization. Specifically, by utilizing intelligent buoys, fishers are now able to monitor their catches, thus ensuring optimal quality of catch without harming the delicate marine environment, while at the same time reducing bycatch and ghost fishing.
Therefore, this upcoming European Parliament Intergroup event aims at highlighting how research and innovation play a key role with regards to achieving sustainable fisheries; the European Union must lead by example with respect to driving the latter, both within its territorial waters and worldwide.