Document stages in plenary
Document selected : O-000308/2011

Texts tabled :

O-000308/2011 (B7-0023/2012)

Debates :

PV 14/02/2012 - 3
CRE 14/02/2012 - 3

Votes :

OJ 16/02/2012 - 79

Texts adopted :

Parliamentary questions
24 November 2011
Question for oral answer
to the Council
Rule 115
Carmen Fraga Estévez, Pat the Cope Gallagher, on behalf of the Committee on Fisheries

 Subject: State of play regarding the proposed multiannual plan for the western stock of Atlantic horse mackerel and the fisheries exploiting that stock

Parliament adopted a legislative resolution on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a multiannual plan for the western stock of Atlantic horse mackerel and the fisheries exploiting that stock (COM(2009)0189), on 23 November 2010. The plan’s objective is to maintain the biomass of western horse mackerel at a level that ensures its sustainable exploitation, and to provide the highest long-term yield. To this end, the harvest control rule should be based in equal parts on precautionary advice given for average recruitment conditions, and on recent total allowable catches adjusted by a factor that reflects the recent trend in the stock abundance as measured through egg production.

Both the Commission and Parliament believe that the establishment of long-term management plans is the key to conservation. Moreover, the Commission proposal for the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy aims to move where possible towards fisheries-based plans, i.e. covering more stocks in fewer plans.

Since first reading, Parliament has been awaiting the Council’s position. The Commission has no intention to propose a new legislative text on this issue, as it agrees with Parliament’s position concerning the correct legal basis for the regulation.

In view of the apparent interinstitutional deadlock, the Committee on Fisheries puts the following questions to the Council:

What is the state of play regarding this dossier as regards the discussions in the Council’s working group?

How will the Council proceed with this and related files, such as the proposed long-term plan for the anchovy stock in the Bay of Biscay and the fisheries exploiting that stock?

Does the Council agree that the current stalemate on this dossier has wider implications for all other long-term management plans, such as that for the Baltic salmon, given also that the management of fisheries through long-term plans is one of the key elements of the CFP reform?

How can the Council justify the fact that it has for so long refrained from taking a formal position on this dossier and, by doing so, deprived Parliament of a potential second reading?

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