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Latest study requested by PECH on Deep sea fishing

A new in-depth analysis note on "Deep-sea fishing" has been requested by the PECH committee, and is now available.

Plenary votes on EMFF, Bluefin tuna and fisheries partnership agreements – 16.04.14

The legislative text following negotiations with Council representatives on the establishment of a European Maritime and Fisheries Fund will be voted on by the European Parliament on 16.04.14 (2011/0380 (COD)), together with the legislative report on the recovery plan for Bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean (2013/0133(COD)). The three fisheries partnership agreements of the European Union with Madagascar, the Comoros and the Seychelles will also be voted.


New studies and in-depth analysis have been requested by the PECH committee, and are now available :
Characteristics of Multispecific Fisheries in the European Union
Best Practice in the Use of Rights-Based Management to Reduce Discards in Mixed Fisheries
The Obligation to Land All Catches - Consequences for the Mediterranean

Hearing on implementing the discard ban - 7 April 2014 - 16:00

The banning of discards is one of the most radical changes that have been introduced in the last reform of the CFP. The Committee on Fisheries has organized this public hearing in order to analyse the difficulties that may arise in the implementation underway of the banning of discards and to find the means of overcoming them. In addition, three studies, which are closely linked to the subject of the public hearing will be presented.

The PECH Committee is responsible for:
1.    the operation and development of the common fisheries policy and its management;
2.    the conservation of fishery resources;
3.    the common organisation of the market in fishery products;
4.    structural policy in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, including the financial instruments for fisheries guidance;
5.    international fisheries agreements.
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On this website, you will find different information and documents related to the work of our committee, such as meeting agendas and documents, our monthly newsletter and contributions by stakeholders and experts to the committee's public hearings. Regularly updated highlights on our activities are also displayed on the front page of the site.
The core issue for our committee during this parliamentary term is undoubtedly the ongoing reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, in which the European Parliament is involved with codecision powers as a result of the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. Fisheries policy needs to reconcile a variety of interests with the aim of securing the long term sustainability of the marine environment, fish stocks, fishermen, related industries, and coastal communities. The current policy has many shortcomings which all three institutions involved in the reform are determined to address.
Keeping EU citizens properly informed on the shaping of the political decisions that will be taken on their behalf can only contribute positively to this process and I believe that this website can play a useful role by providing an insight to our daily activities.
Gabriel Mato Adrover,