Event: What's the catch?
We are pleased to invite you to this event, kindly hosted by MEP Ricardo SERRÃO SANTOS (S&D – PT)

When? 14:00 - 16:00, Tuesday 11 July
Where? European Parliament, Brussels, Room ASP3H1
How to stop incidental catches of seabirds, marine mammals, and marine turtles in fishing gears
Background
Incidental capture of seabirds, marine mammals, and marine turtles continues despite existing EU regulations and many are threatened and declining because of fishing activities. For example, across Europe, it is estimated that more than 200,000 seabirds are incidentally caught and killed by commercial fishing hooks and nets each year, while much more still needs to be done to support the recovery of the critically endangered Baltic harbour porpoises. Europe needs to implement solutions to fix these problems.

Why should you attend?
Come join the discussion and hear presentations by scientists working on seabirds, marine mammals and marine turtles, fishing representatives, and EU decision makers. Eliminating incidental catches ensures that we can sustain the integrity of the ocean ecosystem. In some cases, Europe is falling behind many other countries such as South Africa and Namibia, where incidental catches of seabirds have been reduced by more than 90%. It’s about time that the EU gets serious about this issue.

Detailed agenda will follow shortly - If you have any questions about the event, please contact Bruna Campos, EU Marine and Fisheries Policy Officer, BirdLife Europe & Central Asia, Bruna.Campos@birdlife.org
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