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A8-0367/2015

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P8_TA(2016)0003
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Tuesday, 19 January 2016 - Strasbourg Final edition
Multiannual recovery plan for bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean ***I
P8_TA(2016)0003A8-0367/2015

Amendments adopted by the European Parliament on 19 January 2016 on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a multiannual recovery plan for Bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean repealing Regulation (EC) No 302/2009 (COM(2015)0180 – C8-0118/2015 – 2015/0096(COD))(1)

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

Text proposed by the Commission   Amendment
Amendment 1
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 3 a (new)
(3a)  The Recovery plan takes into account the specificities of the different types of gears. When implementing the recovery plan, the Union and Member States should pay particular attention to non-industrial fishing activities and to the most artisanal and sustainable gear types, such as traditional traps ("almadrabas", "tonnare"), which contribute very positively to the rebuilding of tuna stocks, due to their high level of selectivity and low environmental impact in marine ecosystems, and which are valuable in scientific terms.
Amendment 2
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 14
(14)  All the amendments to the Recovery plan adopted by ICCAT in 2012, 2013 and 2014, which have not been subject to transposition yet, should be integrated into Union law. As this transposition concerns a plan whose objectives and measures were defined by ICCAT, this Regulation does not cover all the content of multiannual plans as set out under Articles 9 and 10 of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council1.
(14)  All the amendments to the Recovery plan adopted by ICCAT in 2006, 2012, 2013 and 2014, which have not been subject to transposition yet, should be transposed into Union law. As this transposition concerns a plan whose objectives and measures were defined by ICCAT, this Regulation does not cover all the content of multiannual plans as set out under Articles 9 and 10 of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council1.
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1Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 of the European Parliament and the Council of 11 December 2013 on the Common Fisheries Policy, amending Council Regulations (EC) No 1954/2003 and (EC) No 1224/2009 and repealing Council Regulations (EC) No 2371/2002 and (EC) No 639/2004 and Council Decision 2004/585/EC (OJ L 354, 28.12.2013, p. 1).
1Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 of the European Parliament and the Council of 11 December 2013 on the Common Fisheries Policy, amending Council Regulations (EC) No 1954/2003 and (EC) No 1224/2009 and repealing Council Regulations (EC) No 2371/2002 and (EC) No 639/2004 and Council Decision 2004/585/EC (OJ L 354, 28.12.2013, p. 22).
Amendment 3
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 15
(15)  It is necessary to transpose into Union law future binding amendments of the Recovery plan. In order to swiftly incorporate into Union law such amendments, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union should be delegated to the European Commission (the "Commission"). It is of particular importance that the Commission carries out appropriate consultations during its preparatory work, including at expert level. The Commission, when preparing and drawing-up delegated acts, should ensure a simultaneous, timely and appropriate transmission of relevant documents to the European Parliament and Council.
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Amendment 4
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 15 a (new)
(15a)  Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 establishes the concept of minimum conservation reference sizes. In order to ensure consistency, the ICCAT concept of minimum sizes should be transposed into Union law as minimum conservation reference sizes. Consequently, the references in Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/981a to minimum sizes of bluefin tuna should be read as references to minimum conservation reference sizes in this Regulation.
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1a Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/98 of 18 November 2014 on the implementation of the Union's international obligations, as referred to in Article 15(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council, under the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas and the Convention on Future Multilateral Cooperation in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries (OJ L 16, 23.01.2015, p. 23).
Amendment 5
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 17
(17)  The Commission should adopt immediately applicable implementing acts where, in duly justified cases relating to transfer operations, caging operations and recording and reporting of trap and vessel activities, imperative grounds of urgency so require.
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Amendment 6
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 24
(24)  Article 15(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 introduced a landing obligation which applies as of 1 January 2015 to Bluefin tuna. However, under Article 15(2) of that Regulation, the landing obligation is without prejudice to the Union's international obligations, such as those resulting from ICCAT Recommendations. Under that same provision the Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts, for the purpose of implementing such international obligations into Union law, including, in particular, derogations from the landing obligation. Accordingly, the discard of bluefin tuna will be allowed in some situations laid down in Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 2015/98 of 18 November 2014. This Regulation does therefore not need to cover such discard obligations,
(24)   Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/98 provides for derogations from the landing obligation of bluefin tuna set out in Article 15 of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 for the purpose of Union compliance with its international obligations under the Convention. It implements certain provisions of ICCAT Recommendation 13-07 that establish a discard and release obligation for vessels and traps catching bluefin tuna in the Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean in certain situations. This Regulation therefore does not need to cover such discard and release obligations and will consequently be without prejudice to the corresponding provisions laid down in Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/98,
Amendment 7
Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 1
1.  This Regulation lays down the general rules for the application by the Union of the Recovery plan as defined in Article 3(1).
1.  This Regulation lays down the general rules for the application by the Union of the Recovery plan as defined in Article 3(1), taking into account the specific features of the various types of fishing gear and paying particular attention to traditional, more sustainable and artisanal gear, such as traps.
Amendment 8
Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – point 16
(16)  "farming capacity" means the capacity of a farm to hold fish for fattening and farming purposes in tonnes";
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Amendment 9
Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 1
1.  Each Member State shall take the necessary measures to ensure that the fishing activities of its catching vessels and its traps are commensurate with the fishing opportunities on Bluefin tuna available to that Member State in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean.
1.  Each Member State shall take the necessary measures to ensure that the fishing effort of its catching vessels and its traps are commensurate with the fishing opportunities on Bluefin tuna available to that Member State in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean, and to safeguard the socio-economic viability of its traps.
Amendment 10
Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 a (new)
The annual fishing plan submitted by each Member State shall provide for an even breakdown of quotas among the gear groups in order to help ensure compliance with individual quotas and by-catch allowances.
Amendment 11
Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 1 a (new)
1a.  Member States shall use transparent and objective criteria, including those of an environmental, social and economic nature, for the national allocation of the quotas, giving special consideration to the preservation and prosperity of small-scale, artisanal and traditional fishermen using traps and other selective fishing methods, and to the encouragement of such methods.
Amendment 12
Proposal for a regulation
Article 8 – paragraph 3
3.  The maximum number of fishing vessels flying the flag of a Member State engaged in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Bluefin tuna fishery shall be limited to the number, and the total corresponding gross tonnage, of fishing vessels flying the flag of that Member State that fished for, retained on board, transhipped, transported or landed Bluefin tuna during the period from 1 January 2007 to 1 July 2008. That limit shall apply by gear type for catching vessels.
3.  The maximum number and the corresponding gross tonnage of fishing vessels flying the flag of a Member State engaged in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Bluefin tuna fishery shall be limited to the number, and the total corresponding gross tonnage, of fishing vessels flying the flag of that Member State that fished for, retained on board, transhipped, transported or landed Bluefin tuna during the period from 1 January 2007 to 1 July 2008. That limit shall apply by gear type for catching vessels.
Amendment 41
Proposal for a regulation
Article 8 – paragraph 6 a (new)
6a.  By way of derogation from paragraphs 2, 3, and 5, Member States shall review the Bluefin tuna fishing quota system, which penalises small-scale fishermen, for the purpose of removing the monopoly currently exercised by large vessel owners and encouraging more sustainable fishing systems such as those used for small-scale fishing.
Amendment 13
Proposal for a regulation
Article 8 – paragraph 7
7.  By way of derogation from paragraph 3 and 6, for the years 2015, 2016, and 2017, each Member State shall limit the numbers of its purse seiners not authorised to fish for Bluefin tuna under the derogation referred to in Article 13(2)b to the numbers of purse seiners it authorised in 2013 or 2014.
7.  For the years 2015, 2016, and 2017, each Member State shall limit the numbers of its purse seiners to the numbers of purse seiners it authorised in 2013 or 2014. This shall not apply to purse seiners operating under the derogation provided for in point (b) of Article 13(2).
Amendment 14
Proposal for a regulation
Article 10 – paragraph 5
5.  Fishing for Bluefin tuna by gears other than those referred to in paragraphs 1 to 4 and Article 11, including traps shall be permitted throughout the year.
5.  Fishing for Bluefin tuna by gears other than those referred to in paragraphs 1 to 4 and Article 11, including traps, shall be permitted throughout the year in accordance with ICCAT conservation and management measures.
Amendment 15
Proposal for a regulation
Chapter III – Section 2 – title
MINIMUM SIZE, INCIDENTAL CATCH, BY-CATCH
MINIMUM CONSERVATION REFERENCE SIZE, INCIDENTAL CATCH, BY-CATCH
Amendment 16
Proposal for a regulation
Article 12
The provisions of this Section shall be without prejudice to Article 15 of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013, including any derogation in line with Article 15(2) of that Regulation.
The provisions of this Section shall be without prejudice to Article 15 of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013, including any applicable derogations therefrom.
Amendment 17
Proposal for a regulation
Article 13 – title
Minimum size
Minimum conservation reference size
Amendment 18
Proposal for a regulation
Article 13 – paragraph 1
1.  The minimum size for Bluefin tuna caught in the eastern Atlantic and in the Mediterranean shall be 30 kg or 115 cm fork length.
1.  The minimum conservation reference size for Bluefin tuna caught in the eastern Atlantic and in the Mediterranean shall be 30 kg or 115 cm fork length.
Amendment 19
Proposal for a regulation
Article 13 – paragraph 2 – introductory part
By way of derogation from paragraph 1, a minimum size for Bluefin tuna of 8 kg or 75cm fork length shall apply to the following fisheries:
By way of derogation from paragraph 1, a minimum conservation reference size for Bluefin tuna of 8 kg or 75cm fork length shall apply to the following fisheries:
Amendment 20
Proposal for a regulation
Article 15 – paragraph 4
4.  If the quota allocated to the Member State of the fishing vessel or trap concerned has already been consumed, the catching of any Bluefin tuna shall be avoided. Dead Bluefin tuna must be landed and shall be subject to confiscation and the appropriate follow-up action. In accordance with Article 27, each Member State shall report information on such quantities on an annual basis to the Commission who shall forward it to the ICCAT Secretariat.
4.  If the quota allocated to the Member State of the fishing vessel or trap concerned has already been consumed, the catching of any Bluefin tuna shall be avoided. Dead Bluefin tuna must be landed whole and unprocessed and shall be subject to confiscation and the appropriate follow-up action. In accordance with Article 27, each Member State shall report information on such quantities on an annual basis to the Commission who shall forward it to the ICCAT Secretariat.
Amendment 21
Proposal for a regulation
Chapter III – Section 3 – title
USE OF AIRCRAFTS
USE OF AERIAL MEANS
Amendment 22
Proposal for a regulation
Article 18 – paragraph 3 a (new)
3a.  Any Bluefin tuna landed shall be whole, gilled and gutted. Each Member State shall take the necessary measures to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, the release of Bluefin tuna caught alive, especially juveniles, in the framework of recreational and sport fishing.
Amendment 23
Proposal for a regulation
Article 19 – paragraph 1 – point a
(a)  a list of all catching vessels flying its flag authorised to fish actively for Bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean by issue of a special fishing authorisation;
(a)  a list of all catching vessels flying its flag authorised to fish actively for Bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean by issue of a fishing authorisation;
Amendment 24
Proposal for a regulation
Article 19 a (new)
Article 19a
Relationship with Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009
The control measures provided for in this Chapter shall apply in addition to those provided for in Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009, except where otherwise provided for in this Chapter.
Amendment 25
Proposal for a regulation
Article 20 – paragraph 2
2.  The flag Member State shall withdraw the fishing authorisation for Bluefin tuna and shall require the vessel to proceed immediately to a port designated by it when the individual quota is deemed to be exhausted.
2.  The flag Member State shall withdraw the fishing authorisation for Bluefin tuna and may require the vessel to proceed immediately to a port designated by it when the individual quota is deemed to be exhausted.
Amendment 26
Proposal for a regulation
Article 21 – paragraph 1
1.  By 15 February each year, each Member State shall send to the Commission electronically a list of its traps authorised, by issue of a special fishing authorisation to fish for Bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean. The list shall include the name of the traps and the register number and shall be set up in accordance with the format set in the Guidelines by ICCAT for submitting data and information required.
1.  By 15 February each year, each Member State shall send to the Commission electronically a list of its traps authorised, by issue of a fishing authorisation to fish for Bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean. The list shall include the name of the traps and the register number and shall be set up in accordance with the format set in the Guidelines by ICCAT for submitting data and information required.
Amendment 27
Proposal for a regulation
Article 24 – paragraph 5 – subparagraph 2
On duly justified imperative grounds of urgency, the Commission shall adopt immediately applicable implementing acts in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 59 (3).
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Amendment 28
Proposal for a regulation
Article 29 – paragraph 3
3.  Where Member States apply Article 80(3) of Regulation (EU) No 404/2011 to the notification under paragraphs 1 and 2, the estimated quantities of Bluefin tuna retained on board may be notified at the agreed time of notification prior to arrival.
3.  Where Member States apply Article 80(3) of Implementing Regulation (EU) No 404/2011 to the notification under paragraphs 1 and 2, the estimated quantities of Bluefin tuna retained on board may be notified at the agreed time of notification prior to arrival. If the fishing grounds are less than four hours from the port, the estimated quantities of Bluefin tuna retained on board may be modified at any time prior to arrival.
Amendment 29
Proposal for a regulation
Article 37 – paragraph 2
On duly justified imperative grounds of urgency, the Commission shall adopt immediately applicable implementing acts in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 59(3).
deleted
Amendment 30
Proposal for a regulation
Article 46 – paragraph 2
On duly justified imperative grounds of urgency, the Commission shall adopt immediately applicable implementing acts in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 59(3).
deleted
Amendment 31
Proposal for a regulation
Article 47 – paragraph 4
4.  Member States shall ensure that their Fisheries Monitoring Centres forward to the Commission and a body designated by it, in real time and using the format ‘https data feed’, the VMS messages received from the fishing vessels flying their flag. The Commission shall send electronically those messages to the ICCAT Secretariat.
4.  Member States shall transmit the data provided for in this Article in accordance with Article 28 of Implementing Regulation (EU) No 404/2011. The Commission shall send electronically those messages to the ICCAT Secretariat.
Amendment 32
Proposal for a regulation
Article 49 – paragraph 2 – point c a (new)
(ca)  during all transfers from one farm to another;
Amendment 33
Proposal for a regulation
Article 49 – paragraph 5 – point a a (new)
(aa)   observe and monitor fishing and farming operations in compliance with the relevant ICCAT conservation and management measures;
Amendment 34
Proposal for a regulation
Article 57
Article 57
deleted
Procedure for amendments
1.  As far as is necessary, in order to incorporate into Union law amendments to the existing provisions of the Bluefin tuna recovery plan which become binding to the Union, the Commission may amend non-essential provisions of this Regulation by means of delegated acts in accordance with Article 58.
Amendment 35
Proposal for a regulation
Article 58
Article 58
deleted
Exercise of the delegation for amendments
1.  The power to adopt delegated acts is conferred on the Commission subject to the conditions laid down in this Article.
2.  The delegation of power referred to in Article 57 shall be conferred on the Commission for an indeterminate period of time.
3.  The delegation of power referred to in Article 57 may be revoked at any time by the European Parliament or by the Council. A decision of revocation shall put an end to the delegation of the power specified in that decision. It shall take effect the day following the publication of the decision in the Official Journal of the European Union or at a later date specified therein. It shall not affect the validity of any delegated acts already in force.
4.  As soon as it adopts a delegated act, the Commission shall notify it simultaneously to the European Parliament and to the Council.
5.  A delegated act adopted pursuant to Article 57 shall enter into force only if no objection has been expressed either by the European Parliament or the Council within a period of 2 months of notification of that act to the European Parliament and the Council or if, before the expiry of that period, the European Parliament and the Council have both informed the Commission that they will not object. That period shall be extended by 2 months at the initiative of the European Parliament or the Council.
Amendment 36
Proposal for a regulation
Article 59 – paragraph 3
3.  Where reference is made to this paragraph, Article 8 of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011, in conjunction with Article 5 thereof, shall apply.
deleted
Amendment 37
Proposal for a regulation
Article 61 – paragraph 1
This Regulation shall enter into force on the third day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.
This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.
Amendment 38
Proposal for a regulation
Annex I – paragraph 2
2.  In addition to the provisions set out in Article 8(3), the maximum number of catching vessels authorised to fish for Bluefin tuna in the Adriatic sea for farming purposes under the specific conditions applying to the derogation referred to in Article 13(2)(b) is set at the number of Union catching vessels participating in the directed fishery for Bluefin tuna in 2008.
2.  In addition to the provisions set out in Article 8(3), the maximum number of catching vessels authorised to fish for Bluefin tuna in the Adriatic sea for farming purposes under the specific conditions applying to the derogation referred to in Article 13(2)(b) is set at the number of Union catching vessels participating in the directed fishery for Bluefin tuna in 2008. For that purpose, the number of Croatian catching vessels participating in the directed fishery for Bluefin tuna in 2008 shall be taken into account.
Amendment 39
Proposal for a regulation
Annex IV – point 2 – line 2
Number of individuals:
Species:

Number of individuals:
Species:
Weight:

Amendment 40
Proposal for a regulation
Annex VII – point 7 – point a
(a)  allowed access to the vessel and farm personnel and to the gear, cages and equipment
(a)  allowed access to the vessel, farm and trap personnel and to the gear, cages and equipment

(1) The matter was referred back to the committee responsible for reconsideration pursuant to Rule 61(2), second subparagraph (A8-0367/2015).

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