This is a chronological list of press releases on the activities of the Committee on Fisheries.

New fisheries rules: add a ban on electric pulse fishing, say MEPs

16-01-2018

  • EU-wide ban on the use of electric pulse fishing
  • Simpler rules on fishing gear and minimum size of fish
  • More regional flexibility for fishermen, but also limits on catches of vulnerable stocks, especially of juvenile fish

New EU rules on how, where and when fish can be caught, so as to reduce catches of juvenile fish, were voted on Tuesday. MEPs also inserted an amendment to ban the use of pulsed electric current for fishing. (More)

Harmonising EU rules on permits to fish outside EU waters

12-12-2017

  • clear, harmonised rules on fishing authorisations
  • common eligibility criteria
  • monitoring reflagging operations
  • public register of vessels

A new law to streamline EU authorisations for EU boats to fish outside EU waters and non-EU ones to fish within them was adopted on Tuesday.

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Sustainable North Sea fisheries: MEPs and ministers strike provisional deal  

08-12-2017

  • Clear rules on how EU ministers can set the Total Allowable Catches (TACs) and quotas
  • Quotas based on best available scientific advice
  • Recreational fisheries included

A multiannual fisheries plan to tackle overfishing and offer more security to North Sea fishermen was agreed by MEPs and EU ministers on Thursday.

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Clear rules on prohibited fishing gear and more flexibility for EU fishermen

21-11-2017

  • MEPs want to limit unwanted catches and reduce impact on the environment
  • Restrictions on the use of new fishing methods, such as electric pulse trawling
  • Specific regional rules to be adapted for each sea basin to support fishermen

Common EU rules on how, where and when one can fish in the EU, including prohibited fishing methods and species, were backed by MEPs.

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North Sea fisheries: ensuring sustainable stocks and livelihoods  

14-09-2017

The plan to tackle overfishing and provide more secure livelihoods for North Sea fishermen was backed by MEPs on Thursday.

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North Sea plan: ensuring sustainable stocks and security for fishermen

12-07-2017

  • clear rules and ranges of fishing quotas
  • quotas based on best available scientific advice
  • recreational fisheries included
  • third countries must take plan into account

Plans to tackle overfishing and offer more security to local fishermen by introducing multiannual fishing quotas in the North Sea were backed by MEPs on Wednesday.

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EU external fishing fleet: agreement on the new authorisation system

20-06-2017

  • clear, harmonised rules on all fishing authorisations outside EU waters
  • common eligibility criteria
  • monitoring reflagging operations for vessels that later return to the EU register
  • public register of vessels including data on where they fish and which species they target

The new law to streamline fishing authorisations for EU vessels fishing outside Union waters was agreed with the Council on Tuesday. (More)

 

Mediterranean: Proposals to improve the situation of its fishing sector

13-06-2017

Protecting small-scale fisheries, improving data collection and tackling illegal and unreported fishing in the Mediterranean basin could improve the situation of its fishing sector. (More)

 #SaveOurOcean: MEPs support UN global goal on protecting our ocean

01-06-2017

Rebuilding fish stocks, fighting illegal fishing and conserving marine and coastal areas would help protect our ocean, say MEPs ahead of the UN Ocean Conference (5-9 June, NY).

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EU’s farthest-flung fisheries need funding, say MEPs

27-04-2017

Young fishermen and fish farmers in the EU’s outermost regions (ORs) need financial help and incentives, including money for new boats, said Parliament on Thursday. (More)



Atlantic tuna: ICCAT recommendations to be transposed to EU law

25-04-2017

The proposal to transpose the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) recommendations to EU law was approved by Fisheries committee on Tuesday. MEPs ask to apply the new law also to third country vessels operating in EU waters and add a special provision for swordfish and tuna quotas and small-scale fishing. (More)



Mediterranean: Improving the situation of its fishing sector

25-04-2017

The need to protect small-scale fisheries with a low environmental impact and to improve data collection in the Mediterranean basin and tackle illegal and unreported fishing are some of the key proposals in a non-binding resolution adopted by Fisheries Committee on Tuesday. (More)

"Closer involvement of fishermen is key", says MEP Renata Briano at the "MedFish4Ever" Malta Ministerial Conference

30-03-2017

Renata Briano (S&D, IT), Vice-Chair of the Committee on Fisheries, intervened at the Ministerial Conference on the sustainability of Mediterranean fisheries in Malta (29-30 March) and made a clear call for a stronger involvement of the fishing sector in the decision making process, in order to have successful implementation measures. (More)



A new financial instrument for the Outermost Regions (ORs) fisheries

22-03-2017

The creation of a new financial instrument to support EU’s Outermost Regions’ (ORs) fisheries should be examined, say MEPs in a non-binding resolution adopted by Fisheries Committee on Wednesday. They also suggest boosting aquaculture and giving more incentives to young fishermen in order to fully exploit the economic and social potential of the ORs. (More)



More efficient and reliable data in fisheries-EP adopts new regulation

16-03-2017

The new rules for data collection in fisheries which will result to more efficient and reliable data was adopted by plenary on Thursday. The new rules will result to better and more comparable data helping making better decisions in fisheries based on scientifically proven evidence. The revised regulation was informally agreed by the Parliament and the Council in December 2016. (More)



New EU-Cook Islands fisheries deal

14-02-2017

Under the new Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement (SFPA) and the 4-year Protocol with Cook Islands approved by plenary on Tuesday a maximum of four EU purse seiners will be allowed to fish for tuna and other highly migratory species in the Cook Islands’ fishing zone, up to 7.000 tons per year. (More)



More transparency and accountability for EU vessels fishing outside the Union

02-02-2017

The new regulation which would clarify the authorisation procedure of EU vessels fishing outside the EU and extend the licensing system to include also private agreements between EU companies and third countries, was backed by the plenary on Thursday. Parliament will now enter into negotiations with the Council in order to reach an early first-reading agreement. (More)

Fisheries Committee MEPs approve new EU-Cook Islands fisheries deal 

26-01-2017

Fisheries Committee MEPs approved on Thursday the new Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement (SFPA) and the 4-year Protocol with Cook Islands, which would allow a maximum of 4 EU purse seiners to fish for tuna and other highly migratory species in the Cook Islands’ fishing, zone up to 7.000 tons per year. (More)