|EU perspectives on aquaculture|
Vamvakas, C. (2001). EU perspectives on aquaculture, in: Burnell, G.M. et al. (Ed.) Aquaculture and its role in integrated coastal zone management: handbook of contributions and extended abstracts presented at the International Workshop on "Aquaculture and its role in Integrated Coastal Zone Management" Oostende, Belgium, April 19-21, 2001. pp. 5
In: Burnell, G.M. et al. (Ed.) (2001). Aquaculture and its role in integrated coastal zone management: handbook of contributions and extended abstracts presented at the International Workshop on "Aquaculture and its role in Integrated Coastal Zone Management" Oostende, Belgium, April 19-21, 2001. European Aquaculture Society/Flanders Marine Institute: Oostende. 145 pp., more
Aquaculture consists an important sector of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Its increasing role is mainly due to its contribution to the chronic deficit of the trade balance of the EU in fisheries products and to its economic and social importance in particular to the coastal areas of the Union. As a new industry, aquaculture has to find its place in the management of these coastal areas; it has to reduce its negative impact to the other activities taking place in some place but it also requests their respect concerning its own development. EU regulations concerning CFP make reference to the need to consider the ecosystem integrity in this Policy: The Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG) has, since its creation and for its first period of application (1994-1999), devoted a considerable amount of funds in order to guarantee that aquaculture development will be realised in the frame of the respect of this principle. FIFG in its running period of application (2000-2006), has increased the financial possibilities, in order to strengthen further the sustainable development of the sector. At the same time the Demonstration Programme on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (1996-1999) has permitted to the Commission to prepare a Communication to the Council and the European Parliament (EP) on "Integrated Coastal Zone Management: A strategy for Europe" as well as a proposal for a EP and Council Recommendation concerning the implementation of Integrated Coastal Zone Management in Europe. In both documents the role of the CFP as an important stakeholder is recognised. Finally, the recently presented by the Commission (March 2001) to the Council and to the EP, Green Paper, concerning the up-coming review of the CFP in 2002 is also referring to the sustainable and integrated management of the coastal zones and mentions particularly the necessity of the application of the CFP in a coherent way with all national and local policies related to the use of coastal zone.