Atlantic Strategy presented in Lorient

Each year, the Festival Interceltique de Lorient brings together more than 40 Celtic nations, which are mostly involved in marine fishing activities. As part of the European fisheries policy current affairs, a press conference has been organized at the K Club on Thursday, August 9, 2012, in order to take stock of the Lorient fishing sector.

In his intervention, Norbert Métairie, Mayor of Lorient, presented the festival as a window open to marine activities, including fishing. He also stressed the importance of a positive approach, which seeks to combine trawling with improvements in by-catch management and renovation of ships.

Moreover, Lorient city has entrusted to the firm PwC a study that measures the weight of economic and social activity for the Lorient area of this type of fishing, on which almost 4000 jobs depend. The study stresses the importance of the social component of sustainable development.

Tamara Guirao, Coordinator of the CAAC, presented the European Atlantic context as an opportunity for leading projects and building strong partnerships. The creation of the Atlantic Strategy Action Plan aims for building  a device that coordinates the resources available at the Atlantic level, seeking synergies and economies of scale.

She explained how since the conception by the Atlantic cities of the San Sebastian Charter in 2008 and the final Declaration of the Regions in 2009, the territories have called for a macro-regional strategy for the Atlantic Arc. Therefore the mobilization has been intense and it is still today so. The European Council called on the European Commission to undertake this initiative on June 17, 2010. The Communication of the European Commission was published in November of 2011, and it has been followed by various relevant documents, signed by the European Economic and Social Committee, the Committee of the Regions and the European Parliament.

The discussion focuses on five priority areas, where fishing plays a fundamental role:

-the eco-systemic approach
-reducing the carbon footprint
-the sustainable exploitation of the seabed
-the response to threats and disasters
-inclusive social growth

As part of the Atlantic Forum, the fisheries sector must also mobilize and bring forward its demands and expectations.

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