EU recreational anglers and tackle industry in the Romanian Senate to promote sustainable recreational fisheries

During an event organised by MEP Norica Nicolai, the Romanian anglers and fisheries associations could hear about how the EAA members are organized and carry on activities for the protection of the EU rivers and seas.

On the 7th October, a delegation of the EAA board leaded by the EAA President Mr. Fred Bloot and the EFTTA General Manager Mrs. Janet Doyle joined the President of the European Parliament Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environment Forum Mrs. Norica Nicolai at the Romanian Senate in an event entitled “Environmental benefits and economic impact of recreational fishing”. 

This event followed up another conference about the conservation of the Danube salmon that took place in Brussels in April 2016 in the European Parliament. During this event in Romania, the EAA delegation was composed by Mr. Fred Bloot, Mr. Stefan Spahn – EAA Board member, Germany – and Mr. Oyvind Fjeldseth – EAA Board member, Norway. The EAA members exposed the problems created by small hydropower dams and the lack of protection of the aquatic environment. In order to face these problems, anglers must get united and organized. Also, promoting sustainable angling is a way to develop green tourism and growth. Mrs. Janet Doyle from EFTTA reminded the audience that the recreational angling sector weighs 20 billion EUR a year and created tens of thousands of jobs in the EU. “The same could be happening in Romania”, she said.

This event was an opportunity for the EAA and EFTTA representatives to network with the Romanian government representatives, the General Association for Hunting and Recreational Fishing and other local angling associations. “This event is a step forward for a possible future collaboration with the Romanian anglers”, the EAA President Mr. Fred Bloot said.

EAA/EFTTA delegation invited to Romania to promote sustainable recreational fisheries

7-8 October 2016 

An EAA/EFTTA delegation will be travelling to Bucharest and the Danube delta on the 7th and 8th October 2016 to meet the Romanian local angling and environmental associations and discuss about sustainable angling. This trip is organised by Mrs. Norica Nicolai, the Romanian Member of the European Parliament who chairs the Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environment Forum since its creation in 2014. 

Two events will be organised during this trip. The first one, which will take place in the Romanian Senate in Bucharest, will deal with the Environmental benefits and economic impact of recreational fishing. The second one, taking place in a venue located at the heart of the Danube delta to discuss Rural sustainable development through recreational fishing

Romania is a very attractive place for angling. Many touristic and leisure activities can be developed through a sustainable management of rivers, seas and fish resources, for the economic benefit of the local population. This trip aims at exchanging good practices and knowledge between the organisations and companies involved in angling and nature protection in Europe and in Romania.

Download the agenda of the event in the Romanian Senate here.

Download the agenda of the event in the Danube delta here.

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