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Dutch pelagic operators and Greenpeace have deal

Staff Writer |
Dutch pelagic operators have struck an agreement with Greenpeace and have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for sustainable pelagic fisheries and a healthy balance between fisheries and the marine environment.




Under the agreement, the Dutch operators, represented by the Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association (PFA), will not expand activities into unfished areas of the Arctic and Antarctic.

Under the MoU, the role played by the PFA in collecting scientific data and conducting scientific research into pelagic resources is recognised, as well as its efforts in avoiding by-catch, improving selectivity and minimising impacts on the marine ecosystem.

The PFA’s work to contribute to effective fisheries management in all regions where members of the PFA have pelagic fishing operations is also recognised.

As well as the agreement to refrain from fishing in Arctic and Antarctic regions, the parties agree work together on improving regional fisheries management in West Africa.

PFA and Greenpeace will maintain an ongoing dialogue on all issues listed in the MoU and the duration of the agreement is set at ten years.


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