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Parliamentary questions
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12 March 2015
Question for written answer E-004170-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marco Affronte (EFDD) , Piernicola Pedicini (EFDD) , Isabella Adinolfi (EFDD) , Eleonora Evi (EFDD) , Fabio Massimo Castaldo (EFDD) , Dario Tamburrano (EFDD) , Anja Hazekamp (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Scientific research programme on pulse trawling
 Answer in writing 

— Whereas, according to Council Regulation (EC) No 1626/94, the use of poisoning, explosives or electric shocks in fishing is prohibited in Europe;

— Whereas special conservation areas, such as Dogger Bank and the North Norfolk sandbanks, are areas protected against fishing and any other kind of activity;

— Whereas 97 vessels have been equipped with electric shock generators at GBP 300 000 apiece, making it impossible to convert them to another fishing method;

— Given that, since 2010, these vessels have begun to use the pulse trawling technique to catch prawns in the North Sea, including in protected areas;

— Given that this technique has been banned in the East China Sea, after causing the sector to collapse;

— Whereas recent catches have shown permanent damage to other species and their eggs and embryos;

— Whereas the only explanation the Commission has so far given the media has been to justify this technique on the basis of scientific research;

We ask:
For what purpose is research like this being conducted, with the North Sea or even two protected marine areas being used for the trials?
What checks are being carried out during application of this technique, which has a heavy impact on the entire marine ecosystem, and how will the results be measured?
Original language of question: IT 
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