European Fish Week 2011 - Back to the Future
June 4-12 2011
In living memory, there were more fish, more boats, more fishers and more fisheries dependent communities in Europe. Due to continued overfishing, some fish stocks are now at perilously low levels, but it was not always like this. In the not so distant past, fish stocks were healthier and fisheries dependent communities were wealthier.
This is the theme of this year’s European Fish Week, June 4-12: how our marine environment used to be healthier, how overfishing has changed this and how the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) reform is an opportunity to go Back to the Future. It will be about collecting stories and evidence of the past richness of our seas and fishing communities and delivering them to EU fisheries ministers with the message: "we want it back".
We will be drawing inspiration from historic references to the health of the seas in music, poems, paintings, photographs, recipes - By reminding ourselves of how living with the sea used to be, we can better understand the present extent of overfishing and how we can play a part in ending it through an effective reform of the CFP.
Around the time of European Fish Week, the European Commission will publish its proposal for a reformed CFP. When this happens, we need to make sure fisheries ministers get the message loud and clear.
"By reminding ourselves of how living with the sea used to be, we can better understand the present extent of overfishing and how we can play a part in ending it through an effective reform of the CFP."
OCEAN2012 members will therefore be focussing their Fish Week activities and events on clear and effective messages to their fisheries ministers. Help us to put the pressure on your minister by getting involved in an event near you, and we’ll help you get your message heard. More information about events and how you can go Back to the Future will be published shortly.
In the meantime, if you have access to historic information on fishing, fisheries dependent communities, or the abundance of fish in the sea, please share this with us, from photos to stories, old video footage, songs or recipes. Please get in touch with Mike Walker, email@example.com, +32 2 274 1625.
If you or your organisation would already like more information or are interested in participating in this year’s European Fish Week, please contact Rozan Consten, firstname.lastname@example.org, +32 2 274 16 28
European Fish Week 2010
During last year’s European Fish Week over 20 events were organised by OCEAN2012 member groups in nine European countries – France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, and Spain.
Over 28,500 people signed the petition launched at the start of European Fish Week asking EU Commissioner Maria Damanaki to promote environmental sustainability as the overarching principle of the future Common Fisheries Policy. Find out more.
OCEAN2012 is an alliance of organisations dedicated to transforming European fisheries policy to stop overfishing, end destructive fishing practices and deliver fair and equitable use of healthy fish stocks.
OCEAN2012 was initiated, and is co-ordinated by, the Pew Environment Group, the conservation arm of The Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-governmental organisation working to end overfishing in the world´s oceans. The steering group of OCEAN2012 consists of the Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangements, Ecologistas en Acción, The Fisheries Secretariat, nef (new economics foundation), the Pew Environment Group and Seas At Risk.
European Fish Week Events 2011
6th June 2pm - 7pm
Local inshore fishermen will be on hand to tell tales of historical fishing exploits.
6 czerwca 2011, godz. 13.00
Uroczystość otwarcia wystawy "Powrót do przyszłości" z udziałem Ministerstwa Rolnictwa i Rozwoju Wsi, Ministerstwa Środowiska, organizacji pozarządowych, urzędników oraz innych instytucji związanych z ochroną środowiska odbędzie się 6 czerwca w Urzędzie Miasta st. Warszawy. Uroczystość uświetni wykład Profesora Krzysztofa Skóry ze Stacji Morskiej Instytutu Oceanografii Uniwersytetu Gdańskiego na temat potrzeby skutecznej reformy Wspólnej Polityki Rybackiej oraz potrzeby ochrony ekosystemu Morza Bałtyckiego. Wydarzenie zorganizowane jest przez polskich członków koalicji OCEAN2012: Fundację Nasza Ziemia, Stowarzyszenie Ekologiczne Eko - Unię, Towarzystwo Przyjaciół Rzek Iny i Gowienicy, Fundację "Sprzątanie Swiata - Polska", Klub Gaja oraz Polski Klub Ekologiczny.
June 7 2011, 1:30pm
One of three events at the University of the Algarve during European Fish Week 2011. We will be screening two episodes of Hugh's Fish Fight (each 40 minutes) and sharing some open discussion concerning bycatch and the Common Fisheries Policy reform in 2012.
Wednesday, June 8 2011, 2pm
The event will see the launch of the Action Plan for Marine & Sea Cliff Birds in Ireland 2011-2020 by Minister for the Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltact Jimmy Deenihan T.D. All the stakeholders who have been involved in the consultation process have also been invited to the official launch. The event will take place at Bray Sealife Aquarium and will be open to any interested members of the public.
8 de Junho 2011, Dia Mundial dos Oceanos, 18:00
Inauguração da exposição fotográfica "Um Regresso ao Futuro". Inclui uma tertúlia com representantes de diversos sectores das pescas nacionais, "show-cooking" com o Chefe Bertílio Gomes e "cocktail" elaborado pelos alunos da Escola de Hotelaria e Turismo de Lisboa, recorrendo a pescado tradicional português.
June 8 2011, 18.00 - 20.00
The evening will comprise an exhibition, a brief talk, some music and a reception.
June 8 2011, 20:00-22:00
To celebrate World Oceans Day 2011, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) is organising a full evening programme in Bruges, Belgium. Three experts will inform the public at large on a sea in constant change. Presentations will be in Dutch.
June 8 2011, 1:30pm
An investigation into the sustainability of seafood at the University of the Algarve (Universidade do Algarve) and designing Portugal’s first institutional sustainable seafood policy.
8 juni 2011, 12.30-17.30
Symposium “Meer met de Zee” sprekers geven voorbeelden van duurzame manieren in de toekomst uit de zee te blijven oogsten.
June 8 2011, 17:30
Pase del documental THE END OF THE LINE. Charlas sobre la situación actual de la pesca. Mesa redonda.