HIGH LEVEL EVENT MINOUW
On July 14 and 15, fishermen, scientists, government representatives and WWF met in Blanes & Roses, Catalunya to discuss the progress of the MINOUW project.
“The first results of the project are very promising. Not only we have seen a strong participation of fishermen, but also a very strong will from their part to solve the discards issues. They have started to share ideas with other fishermen and scientists in different countries and other stakeholders to solve the problem of discard. In addition, an app was developed and they will help scientists to collect discards data on a on a voluntary basis, declared Francesc Maynou, Project Leader.
“The MINOUW project is a really interesting example of collaboration and cooperation and dialogue between the fishing sector and the scientific community. It’s not just about sitting around and talking together, but it’s about trying new projects to promote greater selectivity. MINOUW is a perfect example on a pan European scale to measure needs for local fisheries”, said Elisa Roller, Head of Unit at Directorate General Maritime and Fisheries Affairs, European Commission.