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Joe Borg at North Atlantic Ministers Conference
Today, Joe Borg, European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, travels to Norway to attend the 11th North Atlantic Fisheries Ministers Conference (NAFMC).
Hosted by Ms Helga Pedersen, Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, the conference will be held aboard MS Polarlys as it travels along the coast from Tromsǿ to Trondheim. The conference will be attended by fisheries ministers from Canada, Greenland, the Faeroe Islands, Norway and the Russian Federation. The European Union is represented by Commissioner Borg.
The main focus for the 11th Conference will be on strengthening Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs), and cooperation to deter, prevent and eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in the North Atlantic.
These are both issues on which the European Commission, on behalf of the European Union, has in recent years played a leading role in steering and stimulating progress in the major international fora. Commissioner Borg will give a keynote address on the fight against IUU fisheries. Talks will continue throughout the day, and time will also be available for informal bilateral meetings between fisheries ministers.
The NAFMC, which first met in 1995, provides an opportunity for Ministers to exchange views on a regular basis and share experiences in fisheries management, as well as to focus on North Atlantic issues with respect to global processes and trends in the long-term conservation and sustainable management of living marine resources.