The Ministry of agriculture and the environment has recently organized two workshops about development of sustainable marine fisheries and aquaculture in Slovenia. The workshops were held on 30th August and 2nd September in Izola and Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The aim of the workshops was to reflect together on measures for sustainable development of the above sectors which will be implemented by Slovenia through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) in the financial perspective 2014-2020.
Besides the representatives of the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, the workshops were attended by the representatives of environmental public institutions and a NGO as well as scientists from the field of marine biology.
DOPPS – BirdLife Slovenia was the only environmental NGO present at the workshops. We suggested and advocated those measures, which will enable conservation of marine biodiversity with particular attention on target Natura 2000 species, and support new gathering of data about fisheries impact on their populations.
At the workshops we even better recognized our role in preparation of the Operational programme 2014-2020, therefore we proposed to the Ministry to include us in the working group. We mostly see our role in contributing to the following EMFF objectives:
- Art. 35: Implementation of conservation measures under Common Fisheries Policy
- Art. 36: Limiting the impact of fishing on the marine environment
- Art. 38: Protection and restoration of marine biodiversity and ecosystems in the framework of sustainable fishing activities
In the aquaculture sector we especially advocate development of marine ecosystem friendly mussel farms which will enable long-term maintainance of roosting sites of the Mediterranean Shags and other marine birds in Slovenia.