Consultation on an EU Action Plan for reducing incidental catches of seabirds in fishing gears

Our readers are invited to give their opinion on a draft EU Action Plan to protect sea birds from harm through commercial fishing activities.  The European Commission intends to develop an EU Action Plan to reduce incidental catches of seabirds in fishing gears. The proposed initiative aims to reduce such catches, namely in longlines and gillnets, by reducing as much as possible the interaction between seabirds and fishing gear.

To this end, the Commission invites all stakeholders and general public to express their views on the questions identified in the consultation paper, as well as to present their opinions regarding further actions that could be introduced in a future Commission proposal for an EU-Plan of Action on Seabirds.  Your opinions may be submitted by using the links below.  All submissions must be made by close of business on 9th August 2010.

View the consultation document EU Action Plan for reducing incidental catches of seabirds in fishing gears [57 KB]

Reference document ICES advice [371 KB]

How to submit your contribution


  • If you are answering this consultation as a citizen, please click here to submit your contribution.

Public authority

  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of a public authority, pleaseclick here to submit your contribution.


In the interests of transparency¹, organisations (including, for example, NGOs, trade associations and commercial enterprises) are invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Interest Representative Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct:

  • If you are a Registered organisation, please indicate the name and address of your organisation and your Register ID number on the first page of your contribution. Your contribution will then be considered as representing the views of your organisation. Submit your contribution.
  • If your organisation is not registered, you have the opportunity to Register now. Then return to this page to submit your contribution as a Registered organisation.
  • Responses from organisations not registered will be published separately. Non-registered organisations, please submit your contributions here.

¹ The Commission asks organisations who wish to submit comments in the context of public consultations to provide the Commission and the public at large with information about whom and what they represent. If an organisation decides not to provide this information, it is the Commission’s stated policy to list the contribution as part of the individual contributions. (Consultation Standards, see COM (2002) 704, and Communication on ETI Follow-up, seeCOM (2007) 127 of 21/03/2007)

Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

Contact details

Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Unit A2

European Commission DG MARE – Unit A2 Office J99 – 01/40
B-1049 Brussels Belgium

Deadline for submissions

9 August 2010

Protection of personal data

Specific privacy statement


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