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Parliamentary questions
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11 March 2019
E-001265-19
Question for written answer E-001265-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Frédérique Ries (ALDE)

 Subject:  Use in the European Union of fishing methods that endanger marine mammals, in particular dolphins
 Answer in writing 

Numerous press articles have highlighted the phenomenon of dolphin corpses washing up on European shores, in particular along France’s Atlantic coast. Fishing lines trap marine mammals and inflict serious injuries that can prove fatal. Studies endorsed by scientific bodies such as the Pelagis Observatory (linked to the French National Centre for Scientific Research and the University of La Rochelle) have drawn attention to the growing number of dolphin corpses that show up every year bearing the traces left by trawling equipment and methods.

Does the Commission have any information on trawling methods (the use of pelagic trawls or high vertical opening trawls) that pose a particular risk to marine mammals such as dolphins?

Can it recommend best practices implemented in Member States and fishing areas that could curb or put an end to incidental catches of marine mammals?

What action will the Commission take in the future to promote sustainable fishing methods that help to conserve fish stocks and marine ecosystems and that are entirely consistent with the agreement reached on 13 February 2019 between the Romanian Council Presidency and Parliament’s representatives?

Original language of question: FR 
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