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Document selected : O-000309/2011

Texts tabled :

O-000309/2011 (B7-0024/2012)

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PV 14/02/2012 - 3
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OJ 16/02/2012 - 79

Texts adopted :

Parliamentary questions
24 November 2011
Question for oral answer
to the Commission
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.

Parliament supports the Commission in its view that the establishment of long-term management plans is the key to conservation and that we should move where possible towards fisheries-based plans for more stocks.

The Committee on Fisheries hereby puts the following questions to the Commission:

What does the Commission intend to do in order to unblock the apparent interinstitutional deadlock? Why have its earlier attempts to find a compromise between the two co-legislators been unsuccessful?

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

Why has the Commission not followed up, other than by organising a workshop in April 2011, its original intention to launch a joint discussion with Parliament and the Member States on the future architecture of long-term plans, as indicated in its reaction to the adoption of Parliament’s report on horse mackerel of November 2010?

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