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Ricardo Lacerda

Hello!
In Portugal all the economical sectors with interests in the sea are very concerned regarding these competences, specially those that regard the sea. it is a fact that the Common Fisheries Policy has not been successful, and it has been very criticized by researchers, academics, finance and economics specialists, etc... It's commonly known that a directory based in Brussels that controls the lifes and activities that occur on the coasts of Europe is too far away to be successfull. And it is also too much centralized. 20 years of CFP didn't contribute to the conservation of marine species with commercial value and the waters of the EU have a much larger rate of overfishing than the waters of other countrys with the same level of development. People start having the feeling that Europe is a the service of the big and powerful fleets and doesn't support in any way the small coastal fleet, that nevertheless has a huge role in the local market.
Another important idea is how will the EU control if the big fishing fleets will respect the laws of each coastal state? For instance, in the EEZ of the Azores (ICES Xa2) it is forbidden the deep trawling fishing art. If it is difficult to control landings, won't it be much harder to control what actually occurs in the sea?
I'd like to take this chance to invite all those that are interested in this subject to visit the blog www.mareotratadodelisboa.blogspot.com. Best regards, Ricardo Lacerda

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