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Parliamentary questions
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13 September 2016
Question for written answer E-006850-16
to the Council
Rule 130
Richard Corbett (S&D)

 Subject:  Sea bass measures — Council Regulation (EU) 2016/72 of 22 January 2016
 Answer in writing 

In March 2015, a 3-bass bag limit was imposed on recreational fishermen. Further restrictions introduced this year stipulated no retention of bass during the first half of the year, and only one bass per day in the second half of the year.

By contrast, the Council decided — contrary to the Commission’s proposed moratorium — that during the first half of 2016 commercial fishing vessels using hooks, lines and fixed gillnets only need to stop fishing for bass in February and March. For the rest of the year (the ten months in which the commercial fleet concentrates its effort), these boats are allowed to catch up to 1 300 kg bass/month — more than what most have ever caught in the past. In reality, most of these vessels will not be affected at all by the limit, while recreational angling, its dependant high-value-added businesses and thousands of jobs are affected.

The Council is asked to explain why it could not agree to the Commission proposal that a six-month moratorium should apply to all fishing sectors?

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