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Small-scale fisheries placed high on agenda with European Commissioner by Miriam Dalli May 20,2013   |  Source: Malta Today

As European Maritime Day 2013 is being celebrated in Malta, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maria Damanki this evening held bilateral meetings with junior minister Roderick Galdes.

Small-scale fishing was placed high on the agenda by the Maltese government as Commissioner Damanki pledged EU's financial support towards Maltese fishermen.

In a press briefing, were members of the press were not allowed to make questions, parliamentary secretary for fisheries Roderick Galdes once again welcomed the agreement attained on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, described as a turning point for fisheries management in the Mediterranean.

"The EU will now fully enshrine the principle of joint management in seas that are also shared with third country partners," Galdes said.

Throughout the discussions Malta insisted that for conservation matters to lead to positive results, joint initiatives at Mediterranean level are required.

"The Commissioner championed this cause and we now have interesting prospects for better and more inclusive Management that will offer a level playing field for our fishermen," he added.

During the meeting, Galdes highlighted the importance of small scale fisheries. According to the parliamentary secretary, small scale


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