Published Sunday, 13 February 2005

Proceedings of the IEEP/CCW workshop on the marine implementation of NATURA 2000 and its implications for inshore fisheries 

The workshop, held in Aberystwyth on 9 February 2005, provided a timely opportunity to discuss the implications of implementing the habitats and birds Directives for the inshore fishing sector, especially in relation to provisions for appropriate assessment of plans and projects. The main purpose of the meeting was to raise awareness amongst stakeholders, in particular Welsh fishermen and their representatives, and to exchange experience with others, including representatives from the Dutch inshore fishing sector who were able to describe first hand the developments that led to the September 2004 European Court of Justice ruling on the application of assessment provisions to fishing (Wadden Sea Case; C-127/02).