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Achieving new Fisheries measures in the Belgian part of the North Sea
by Federal Public Service for the Environment (Government)
Starting from June 2017, Belgium will implement measures that will improve and protect sea bottom integrity, by not allowing certain bottom fisheries techniques. Two zones have been selected to test alternative bottom trawl fishing techniques that will cause less seabed disturbance compared to current techniques. The projects tested in those zones should comply with SDG 14 and have to be authorized by the Federal Public Service for the Environment.
Progress reports
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Reduction and elimination fishing practices and gear that destroy/degrade marine habitat
December 2017
Negotiation process for the adoption of new fisheries measures
December 2020
Develop and test alternative bottom trawl fishing techniques that cause less seabed disturbance compared to current techniques
Staff / Technical expertise
Experts in fishing techniques/scientists
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2017 - December 2020
Federal Public Service for the Environment, Marine-Fisheries Flanders, scientific sector
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Potentially other North Sea countries
Contact information
Sophie Mirgaux, Ms., sophie.mirgaux@environment.belgium.be, 0476862938
Brussels, Belgium
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