Marine Protected Areas and recreational fisheries:

Sustainable management and benefits

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).

The event will take place on the 9th of October 2017 in the European Parliament (room ASP3H1) from 12:30 to 14:30.

The draft agenda of the event can be downloaded here.

A sandwich lunch will be provided.

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.

To register please send an email to by the 28th of September.