Cepesca president, Amador Suárez. (Photo: Stock File/FIS)
Fisheries sector seeks further consideration in National Research Plan
Tuesday, October 09, 2012, 16:00 (GMT + 9)
The Spanish Fisheries Confederation (Cepesca) asked the State Secretary for Research, Carmen Vela, for the inclusion of the priorities of the fisheries sector in terms of R&D&I in the next National Research Plan. These priorities are included in a document produced by the Spanish Technological Platform for Fisheries and Aquaculture, of which Cepesca is part.
During a meeting held in Madrid on Monday, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Research, Cepesca President, Amador Suarez, stressed the importance of enhancing the capabilities of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) as an essential tool to guarantee and ensure better management of fisheries and optimal conservation of fishery resources.
Suarez called for close cooperation between the General Secretariat of Fisheries, IEO and the fishing industry. He also talked about the importance of applied research to improve assessments of fish stocks and facilitate the adoption of accurate fisheries management measures, at national, European and international level.
In addition, Cepesca highlighted the value of all the activities carried out under the Collaboration Agreement, which so far the Confederation, IEO and SG Pesca have kept, and requested its renewal at the end of the year.
During the meeting, R&D&I projects undertaken by the fishing industry were presented, on energy efficiency and on fishing gear selectivity enhancement or the reduction of the impact of the fishing activity on the environment and conservation of resources.
Moreover, the challenges posed by the fisheries sector through European and Spanish Fisheries and Aquaculture Technology Platforms, were outlined to turn fishing into a sustainable activity in the broadest sense, respectful of the marine environment and its resources, economically profitable and an engine of employment and wealth in regions that are heavily dependent on fishing.