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A6-0265/2005

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P6_TA(2005)0376

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Thursday, 13 October 2005 - Brussels Final edition
Fishery resources in the Baltic Sea, the Belts and the Sound *
P6_TA(2005)0376A6-0265/2005

European Parliament legislative resolution on the proposal for a Council regulation for the conservation of fishery resources through technical measures in the Baltic Sea, the Belts and the Sound and amending Regulation (EC) No 1434/98 (COM(2005)0086 – C6-0094/2005 – 2005/0014(CNS))

(Consultation procedure)

The European Parliament ,

–   having regard to the Commission proposal to the Council (COM(2005)0086)(1) ,

–   having regard to Article 37 of the EC Treaty, pursuant to which the Council consulted Parliament (C6-0094/2005),

–   having regard to Rule 51 of its Rules of Procedure,

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on Fisheries (A6-0265/2005),

1.  Approves the Commission proposal as amended;

2.  Calls on the Commission to alter its proposal accordingly, pursuant to Article 250(2) of the EC Treaty;

3.  Calls on the Council to notify Parliament if it intends to depart from the text approved by Parliament;

4.  Asks the Council to consult Parliament again if it intends to amend the Commission proposal substantially;

5.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council and Commission.

Text proposed by the Commission   Amendments by Parliament
Amendment 1
RECITAL 11
(11)  Scientific information indicates that, for cod, towed gears without exit window are less selective than those with the "BACOMA" type exit window. It is therefore appropriate not to allow within Community waters and for Community vessels the use of towed gears without the "BACOMA" type exit window when cod is a target species.
(11)  Scientific information indicates that, for cod, towed gears without exit window are less selective than those with the "BACOMA" type exit window or the T90 type in which the mesh in the codend and extension piece is turned 90 o . It is therefore appropriate not to allow within Community waters and for Community vessels the use of towed gears without the "BACOMA" type exit window or a T90 codend when cod is a target species.
Amendment 2
ARTICLE 2, POINT W A (new)
(wa) "extension piece" means a separate piece of the trawl, cylindrical in shape and located between the mouth and the end of the net.
Amendment 3
ARTICLE 4, PARAGRAPH 4
4.  The percentages of target species may be calculated on the basis of one or more representative samples.
4.  The percentages of target species may be calculated on the basis of one or more representative samples. The sample should be accepted by both the ship-owner and the inspector.
Amendment 4
ARTICLE 6, POINT B
(b) any extension piece in which the number of meshes, excluding those in the selvedges, in any circumference of the extension piece is less than the number of meshes, excluding those in the selvedges, on the circumference of the foremost end of the codend to which the extension piece is joined;
(b) any extension piece in which the circumference at any point is smaller than the circumference of the foremost end of the codend to which the extension piece is joined;
Amendment 5
ARTICLE 6, POINT C
(c) any net of mesh size equal to or greater than 32 mm in which any mesh is not quadrilateral;
(c) any codend and extension piece of mesh size equal to or greater than 32 mm in which any mesh is not quadrilateral;
Amendment 6
ARTICLE 6, POINT D
(d) any netting material which includes any individual quadrilateral mesh of which any bar differs in length from any other bar in that mesh by more than 10 percent and at least 2 mm;
(d) any codend or extension piece or netting material which includes any individual quadrilateral mesh of which any bar differs in length from any other bar in that mesh by more than 10 percent and at least 2 mm;
Amendment 7
ARTICLE 6, POINT G
(g) any codend or extension piece or square-meshed panel each of which is not constructed exclusively of only one type of netting material;
deleted
Amendment 8
ARTICLE 6, POINT H
(h) any codend and/or extension piece constructed of more than one sheet of netting material such that the stretched linear dimensions of the top half of the codend and/or extension piece are not equal to the stretched linear dimensions of the bottom half or bottom sheet.
(h) any codend and/or extension piece constructed of more than one sheet of netting material such that the stretched longitudinal dimensions of the top half of the codend and/or extension piece are not equal to the stretched longitudinal dimensions of the bottom half or bottom sheet, with the exception of "BACOMA" type gear .
Amendment 9
ARTICLE 12, PARAGRAPH 1
1.  From 1 January 2008, it shall be prohibited to keep on board, or use for fishing, driftnets.
1.  From 1 January 2008, it shall be prohibited to keep on board, or use for fishing, driftnets. An assessment of the effects of using driftnets and other entangling gear on the sea mammal population is to be completed by 1 January 2008 at the latest.
Amendment 10
ARTICLE 19
Article 19
deleted
Closure of Bornholm Deep
Fishing shall be prohibited from 15 May to 31 August in the Bornholm Deep, in the maritime area defined by the lines connecting the following co-ordinates:
- latitude: 55° 30' N, longitude: 15° 30' E
- latitude: 55° 30' N, longitude: 16° 30' E
- latitude: 55° 00' N, longitude: 16° 30' E
- latitude: 55° 00' N, longitude: 16° 00' E
- latitude: 55° 15' N, longitude: 16° 00' E
- latitude: 55° 15' N, longitude: 15° 30' E
- latitude: 55° 30' N, longitude: 15° 30' E.
Amendment 11
ANNEX II, TABLE, NOTE 2
2.  Applying Bacoma exit window with mesh size and specifications as laid down in the Appendix.
2.  Applying Bacoma exit window or T90 codends with mesh size and specifications as laid down in the Appendix.
Amendment 12
ANNEX II, APPENDIX, TITLE
Specifications of top window codend "BACOMA"
A.   Specifications of top window codend "BACOMA"
Amendment 13
ANNEX II, APPENDIX, PARAGRAPH 1, INTRODUCTORY PART
1.  In order to guarantee the selectivity of trawls, Danish seines and similar nets with special mesh openings as referred to in Annex II, only the "BACOMA" exit window model as described below shall be authorised.
1.  Description
Amendment 14
ANNEX II, APPENDIX, PARAGRAPH 1, POINT B, (I)
i.  The codend shall be constructed of two panels of equal size , joined together by selvedges one on each side of equal length.
i.  The codend shall be constructed of two panels joined together by selvedges one on each side of equal length.
Amendment 15
ANNEX II, APPENDIX, PART B (new)

B. SPECIFICATIONS OF T90 CODEND

1. Description

a. Identification of T90

A codend of turned meshes (T90) of trawls, Danish seines or other towed nets is produced from diamond knotted netting turned 90° from its usual orientation. Contrary to the main direction of the run of the netting twine in a diamond mesh codend which is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the fishing gear (A), in a turned mesh codend the main run of the netting twine is parallel to this axis (B).

A B

b. Mesh size measurement

The mesh size shall be at least 110 mm and must be measured perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the codend. The meshes of the codend and extension must not be obstructed in any way by either internal or external attachments.

c. Twine thickness

The diameter of the netting twine used in a T90 codend or extension shall be no more than 5 mm for a single twine. In the codend the use of double twine with a maximum thickness of 4 mm is allowable.

2. Construction

a. A T90 codend and its extension shall be constructed from two panels of equal dimensions, with the same number of meshes in width and length, and with the mesh orientation described above, joined by two lateral selvedges. Each panel shall be constructed with non-slip knots and in such a way that the meshes remain fully open at all times when in use.

b. The number of open meshes in any circumference must be constant from the front part of the extension to the rearmost part of the codend.

c. At the point of attachment of the codend or extension piece to the tapered part of the trawl, the number of meshes in circumference of the codend or extension piece must be 50% of the last row of meshes of the tapered part of the trawl. A codend and extension piece is illustrated below (figure 1).

3. Circumference

The number of meshes in any circumference in the codend and the extension piece, excluding joinings and selvedges, shall be no more than 50.

4. Joining rounds

The forward edge of the panels composing both codend and extension shall be fitted with a braided row of half meshes. The rear edge of the codend panel shall be fitted with a full row of braided meshes able to guide the codline.

5. Length of the codend

The codend shall have a length of at least 50 meshes.

6. Lifting strap

The length of the lifting strap at the point at which it is attached to the codend shall not be less than the stretched length of the meshes in circumference of the codend multiplied by a factor of 0.6.

7. Codend buoy

A codend buoy shall be spherical in shape and have a maximum diameter of 40 cm. It shall be attached to the codline by the buoy rope. The length of the buoy rope shall be not less than two and a half times the square root of the depth.

Figure 1

(1) Not yet published in OJ.

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