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Parliamentary questions
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9 April 2018
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-000617/2018

Scientific advice increasingly suggests that recreational fisheries can have an important impact on the state of some stocks. The Commission is monitoring the situation closely and, on a case by case basis, proposes measures covering also recreational fisheries: for instance for sea bass, bag limits currently apply to recreational fisheries.

For eels, Member States have an obligation to make estimates of recreational fishing licences and their catches on the basis of the Eel regulation(1).

In addition, in its proposal on technical measures(2), the Commission has specified the elements that should be applicable to recreational fishing activity, for example the prohibition of certain fishing methods and the application of minimum conservation reference sizes. This proposal is now being considered by the co-legislators.

(1)Council Regulation (EC) No 1100/2007 of 18 September 2007 establishing measures for the recovery of the stock of European eel OJ L 248, 22.9.2007, p. 17‐23
(2)Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the conservation of fishery resources and the protection of marine ecosystems through technical measures, amending Council Regulations (EC) No 1967/2006, (EC) No 1098/2007, (EC) No 1224/2009 and Regulations (EU) No 1343/2011 and (EU) No 1380/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council, and repealing Council Regulations (EC) No 894/97, (EC) No 850/98, (EC) No 2549/2000, (EC) No 254/2002, (EC) No 812/2004 and (EC) No 2187/2005 (COM(2016) 134 final).

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