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17 April 2008
by Bairbre de Brún (GUE/NGL)
to the Commission

 Subject: Question E‑4942/07
 Answer in writing 

In the answer to my Question E‑4942/07, the Commission provided information on a request sent to the International Council for Exploration of the Sea (ICES) to review the current status of interactions between fisheries and seabirds in EU waters, including the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. The Commission also stated that this would be the first step in a process that could be extended to international waters, which could therefore lead to further action in RFMOs (Regional Fisheries Management Organisations).

Will the Commission give an assurance that finalisation of the plan will not be delayed for lack of data, e.g. on longline fishing efforts in the Mediterranean, given that the monitoring and collation of data to fulfil such needs could be a stated action of the plan, and also given that such data deficiency has not proved to be an obstacle to other States developing and implementing a formal FAO National Plan of Action — Seabirds?

Has the Commission made any progress in taking a decision to extend the focus of the Community action plan to international waters? If not, what is hindering such a decision?

 OJ C 40, 18/02/2009
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