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  1. THE NORTH SEA REGIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL Ann Bell MBE Aberdeenshire Council, Scotland Secretary to the North Sea Regional Advisory Council

  2. European Maritime Policy Governance of the seas has been on the agenda since Rio Greater cooperation is needed at all levels of governance. New integrated ocean policies are required Those policies must involve a wide range of stakeholders Stakeholder participation has already begun in the fisheries sector

  3. The Commission’s Green Paper on the Future of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) decided that: • many stocks are at present outside safe biological limits. • Poor enforcement of decisions has contributed to over-fishing • The fisheries sector is economically fragile • stakeholders do not feel sufficiently involved in fisheries management

  4. To improve governance within the CFP the Green paper recommended: • Establishment of Regional Advisory Committees to involve more effectively the stakeholders in policy-making • De-centralisation of management responsibilities to address local and emergency situations • Promoting the transparency of scientific advice

  5. Functions of the RACs RACs may: Submit recommendations and suggestions, of their own or at the request of the Commission or a Member State, on matters relating to fisheries management to the Commission or Member State concerned Inform the Commission or the Member State concerned of problems relating to the implementation of Community rules… Conduct any other activities to fulfil their functions

  6. Setting up the NSRAC • The North Sea Commission Fisheries Partnership decided to set up the North Sea RAC (NSRAC) • Many interest groups were consulted • An Interim Executive Committee was formed

  7. In September 2004 the Interim ExCom met in Copenhagen and a draft proposal for the NSRAC was approved & submitted to the Commission

  8. In November 2005 the First General Assembly of the NSRAC was held in Edinburgh

  9. NSRAC AREAS ICES Areas IV and IIIa The North Sea Skaggerak & Kattegat

  10. Structure of the RACArticle 4 • Each RAC shall consist of a general assembly and an executive committee • The general assembly shall meet at least once a year to approve the annual report and the annual strategic plan drawn up by the executive committee • The general assembly shall appoint an executive committee of up to 24 members. The executive committee shall manage the work of the RAC and adopt its recommendations


  12. The Members

  13. Membership The RACs shall be composed of representatives from thefisheries sectorandother interest groupsaffected by the CFP In the general assembly and executive committeetwo thirds of the seats shall be allotted to representatives of the fisheries sectorandone third to representatives of the other interest groupsaffected by the CFP At leastone representative of the catching sectorfrom each member state concernedshall be represented on the executive committee

  14. Executive Committee Catchers’ Organisation Belgium Catchers’ Organisation France x 2 Catchers’ Organisation Denmark x 2 Catchers’ OrganisationGermany Catchers’ OrganisationNetherlands x 2 Catchers’ OrganisationPoland Catchers’ OrganisationSpain Catchers’ OrganisationSweden Catchers’ Organisation United Kingdom x 2 European Organisation for Fish Traders European Association of Fishing Ports and Auctions European Transport Worker’s Federation Green-NGO x 4 Consumer Aquaculture Producer Fisher-Recreational North Sea Women’s Network 16 8

  15. CHAIRS One for the General Assembly Patrice Leduc of France One for the Executive Committee Hugo Andersson of Sweden The Chairs play an impartial and independent role

  16. First General Assembly

  17. Boulogne First ExCom

  18. Spatial Planning Working Group,

  19. Co-ordinationMeetings

  20. Meetings…… Meetings……Meetings……… Interim ExCom Copenhagen September 04 Interim Flatfish WG Copenhagen September 04 First General Assembly Edinburgh November 04 Preliminary ExCom Edinburgh November 04 Demersal WG London December 05 Advice on Management Measures for Plaice Opinion on TACs & Quotas for 2005 Co-ordination Meeting with Commission Brussels December 04 Coordination Meeting with Commission Brussels January 05 ExCom Boulogne January 05 Spatial Planning Workshop London May 05 Spatial Planning WG London May 05 Demersal WG Glasgow May 05 Flatfish WG Glasgow May 05 ExCom Hamburg June 05 Advice on Management Measures for Plaice Advice on the Plaice Box Advice on the Shetland Box Coordination Meeting with Commission Brussels July 05 Focus Group on Long-Term Objectives Schiphol August 05 Focus Group on Criteria for Managed Areas Schiphol August 05 Steering Group Pilot Study of Fishing Areas Schiphol August 05 Focus Group on Socio- Economic Data Edinburgh September 05 Meeting with OSPAR Bristol October 05 Focus Group on the Plaice Box Schiphol October 05 Coordination Meeting with Commission Brussels October 05 Demersal WG Stockholm October 05 Second General Assembly Stockholm October 05 4,4, 6, 7, 21

  21. Advice during 2005 A multi-annual management plan for plaice incorporating 15% structural effort reductions Retention of the plaice box Retention of the Shetland Box Development of an effort management scheme for the Kattegat Detailed proposals for the future management of the Nephrops and flatfish fisheries

  22. Research projects A study of new long-term fisheries objectives for key fisheries A pilot project on the mapping of fishing areas The collection of social and economic data on fisheries and fishery dependent areas

  23. Mapping of key fishing areas Will further development of the North Sea leave any space for fish or fishers?

  24. There is a lack of data on areas of priority importance to the fisheries • NSRAC is facilitating the collection of fishers’ spatial knowledge • Combining it with data from satellite monitoring and other sources • To create a full picture of the areas most important to fish and to fisheries

  25. Lessons Learned from the NSRAC? • Stakeholder participation is important for resolving the complex issues of ocean governance • The fisheries sector has already achieved success in providing a voice for stakeholders through the Regional Advisory Councils • The RACs provide a model which can be improved and built upon