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Ministry Reactivates Portugeuse-Spanish Fisheries Committee Meetings

20 February 2013

SPAIN - The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, through the General Secretariat of Fisheries, has reactivated the Committee meetings for Portuguese-Spanish fisheries, a valuable tool for collaboration. The last meeting took place in 2004.

The meeting, held in Lisbon after nine years of inactivity, and chaired by the Director General of Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, Ignacio Escobar, and the Director General for Natural Resources, Security and Maritime Services of Portugal, Teresa Rafael, analyzed the evolution and use of existing bilateral fisheries agreement, both with respect to inland waters, as the agreements on the river Minho and the Guadiana, focusing on aspects related to inspection and control.

The meeting also identified some points that could be modified to improve the agreement, which is up for renewal 31 December 2013.

The Committee also studied the situation of the Iberian sardine stock, raising the possibility of a common management plan. Other topics discussed were the ratification of the common fisheries policy for the Canary Islands and Madeira, the fisheries agreements with Morocco and Mauritania and the development of national strategies for aquaculture and possible exchanges of quotas for 2013.

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