effort (boats, fishermen, fishing gear) in accordance with the TAC; the preparation of a national plan of turbot fishing control, approved and monitored by the European Commission; the adoption of a plan for the long-term management of the fish stocks in the Black Sea based on the recommendations of the European Commission.
Aquaculture production in Romania has increased steadily between 2008 and 2010 both for pond-raised fish and in particular for rainbow trout. Has this growth continued since then and what are the drivers behind this trend? What policies are you implementing to encourage it? Aquaculture is of particular importance for Romania as there is a large surface (over 85,000 ha) on which it is practiced. Encouraging the sector can reduce pressure on wild marine and freshwater resources as well as contribute to economic growth. Romania will therefore support the modernisation of existing farms as well as the construction of new facilities and diversification of the species cultivated. Farmers interested in diversifying their farming activities to include recreational fishing, ecotourism, scientific or educational pursuits will be encouraged. The government will support the development of high standards for the environment, animal health and consumer protection. Planning will be coordinated to prevent clashes between different users of land and water both inland and along the Black Sea coast. There are plans to cover the losses incurred by farmers due to natural disasters or diseases, and finally the government will also www.eurofishmagazine.com
Romania will support the modernisation of aquaculture farms and diversiﬁcation of the species cultivated.
support training for the farmers in EU rules and regulations. Catches in the Black Sea rose significantly in 2011 after decreasing both in 2009 and 2010. What are the administration’s priorities for the Black Sea fishing fleet and how can it ensure that the entire Romanian sprat quota is fished? Romania intends to develop a specialized seaport (Midia) and at least five shelters for small coastal boats. Discussions have been initiated to form an integrated management board of the Black Sea coast that includes representatives of the local authorities, fishing employers’ associations and the political environment that will ensure the implementation of the strategic plan for the development of fishing infrastructure on the Black Sea. This infrastructure will integrate the sustainable
development of fishing with coastal planning, promoting tourism and production, processing and marketing activities. This will create favorable conditions to facilitate access to fish resources. Former priorities of the fisheries administration in Romania included a market survey of fish consumption, a study on the feasibility of mussel and cockle farming, the auction at Tulcea, and the new fishing port in Midia as well as the 11 other ports and shelters along the coast. What is the status of these projects, and what other initiatives are being considered by your administration? These projects which were submitted for funding through the Fishing Operational Program Management Authority (FOP MA) are currently in various stages of evaluation. The “Fish Market”
project amounting almost 27,900 thousand lei (EUR6.4m) was submitted to FOP MA in February 2013 and at the moment it is in the conformity evaluation stage. The procurement procedure for “Consulting services for the development of the 2014 – 2020 Fishing Operational Program” is ongoing at FOP MA and will result in a market study for the fishing sector, a multiannual national strategic plan for aquaculture, and the Fishing Operational Program 2014 – 2020 and its implementation. Projects related to the Midia fishing port, landing and shelter facilities for fishermen and the wholesale market are to be also submitted. I could also mention that we are currently working on the EU funds programming documents for the 2014 – 2020 period, which will include the future funding needs based on the prioritised requirements of fisheries and aquaculture. Eurofish Magazine 3/ 2013
This issue covers Romania and reviews the ESE in Brussels. The Aquaculture section looks at new candidate species.