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Parliamentary questions
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26 February 2019
E-001014-19
Question for written answer E-001014-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Frédérique Ries (ALDE) , Louis Michel (ALDE)

 Subject:  Publication of the list of licences granted for electric fishing
 Answer in writing 

On 13 February 2019, the European Parliament and the Council agreed to introduce a total ban on electric fishing by 2021.

In its vote on 16 January 2018, Parliament took the view that electric pulse fishing is an unnecessarily indiscriminate, blunt tool that runs counter to the European objectives of maintaining fishing stocks and developing sustainable fishing. It voted overwhelmingly for the ban.

On 2 October 2017, the NGO BLOOM filed a complaint against the Netherlands, saying that most of the licenses it had issued for electric fishing were illegal.

Under Article 31(a) of Regulation (EC) No 850/98 for the conservation of fishery resources, each Member State may equip no more than 5% of its beam trawler fleet with electrodes. While that would mean the Netherlands should be issuing no more than 14 licenses, 84 Dutch ships have been equipped for electric pulse fishing since 2007.

In line with the principle of transparency, and given that there is a transition period until the total ban on electric fishing comes into effect in 2021, can the Commission provide a list of all trawlers equipped with electrodes in the EU, specifying, for each license granted, the date and its legal basis?

Original language of question: FR 
Last updated: 11 March 2019Legal notice