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Parliamentary questions
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10 April 2019
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-000888/2019

In December 2018, the Member States concerned agreed that they would cooperate in the North-Western Waters Member States Group and in close cooperation with the North Western Waters Advisory Council to prepare a multi-annual by-catch reduction plan.

This plan should ensure that by-catches of the five stocks in question, namely cod in the Celtic Sea and West of Scotland, plaice in area 7h,j,k as well as whiting in the Irish Sea and West of Scotland, for which the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) has issued zero catch advice for 2019, are reduced through selectivity or avoidance measures.

The North-Western Waters Member States Group has already started discussions on the plan, with the aim of delivering it before the set deadline. The Commission is involved in those discussions.

The Commission intends to submit this plan for the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) Plenary Session in July 2019, in order to assess its effectiveness.

If the STECF assessment shows that the by-catch reduction plan will not achieve the desired effect of reducing fishing mortality on by-catches, the Commission will consider alternative measures to reduce the fishing mortality for the stocks concerned.

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