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24. 5. 2017

Minister Židan: "Slovenia strongly supports the conservation of the living Adriatic"

Zadar, 20 March 2017 — Minister Dejan Židan, at the invitation of the Croatian Minister of Agriculture Tomislav Tolušić, yesterday participated in the Conference on establishing a multi-annual plan for small pelagic stocks in the Adriatic. The EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, attended the conference, at which the European Commission presented the public with a Proposal for the European Parliament and Council Regulation on establishing a multiannual plan for the small pelagic stocks in the Adriatic and the catches concerning sardine and anchovy stocks in the Northern Adriatic, which also directly affects the Slovenian fisheries. At the conference Minister Dejan Židan emphasised that, regarding the state of sardine and anchovy stocks in the Adriatic, Slovenia agrees that the state of these stocks is a matter of particular concern. "Despite a wide range of restrictive measures introduced in recent years, no signs of improvement can be detected, but on the contrary, a decline; for this reason, Slovenia agrees that action must be taken to improve their state."

At the margins of the conference, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Dejan Židan, yesterday met with the EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella. Minister Židan presented the Commissioner with the specific characteristics of the Slovenian fisheries and the Slovenia’s position with regard to the proposal for the European Parliament and Council Regulation on establishing a multiannual plan for the small pelagic stocks in the Adriatic. The Minister expressed his concern regarding the data presented at  the Conference. They show that the situation in the Adriatic Sea will become critical already between 2022 and 2024 if no decisive action is taken by the Member States. "Our fishing accounts for less than 0.1% of the total catch of these stocks in the Adriatic."  The Minister accordingly expressed his expectation that today’s meeting of the states, besides Slovenia also Croatia and Italy, which are the major fishing countries in the Adriatic, and the European Commission, bring appropriate responses and actions to ensure a timely solution to the issue of stocks in the Adriatic. "We should make every effort to keep the Adriatic Sea alive and provide sustainable management of fish stocks in it, since we are obliged to provide for our future generations." In recently times Slovenian fishermen are returning from fishing with their nets empty all too often. According to the Minister, drafting of the Regulation on establishing a multiannual plan for the small pelagic stocks in the Adriatic Sea should be focused on solving this issue.

 

At the yesterday's Conference in Zadar Slovenia submitted its preliminary observations concerning the proposal for the Regulation.  The proposal for a Regulation will be acceptable to Slovenia if in the framework of the negotiations towards a proposal for a regulation the key solutions allowing for keeping the segment of the Slovenian fishing fleet engaged in targeted fishing for sardines and anchovies is adopted. "Slovenia can support the proposal for the Regulation only on the condition that it includes solutions that allow for the survival of small fishing sectors, such as Slovenia’s.  According to Slovenia, the additional management measures should not in any way result in the total disappearance of commercial fishing of sardines and anchovies in one of the Adriatic countries. "Our aim is to maintain this vital segment of the Slovenian fishing fleet, which preserves and continues the tradition of sustainable fishing for sardines and anchovies along the Slovenian coast." 

 

Minister Židan briefed the Commissioner on the Slovenia's activities to declare 20 May World Bee Day, since as regards beekeeping the Commissioner is involved through his responsibilities in connection with  protection of the environment.