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Parliamentary questions
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5 March 2019
Question for written answer E-001172-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (ALDE)

 Subject:  Dolphin deaths as by-catch in the Bay of Biscay
 Answer in writing 

Reports in the media have revealed details of an investigation carried out by the marine conservation group Sea Shepherd into the number of dolphins killed by French trawlers as by-catch. It is estimated that some 300 dolphins have been found dead on French beaches along the Bay of Biscay. A study by the university of La Rochelle revealed that up to 6 000 dolphins may be killed as by-catch each fishing season, and that most dolphin corpses sink to the seabed. Trawler crews, who release dolphins caught in their fishing gear, have so far played down the impact of this problem. This year, however, many seem willing to install acoustic deterrents.

1. What will the Commission do to prevent dolphin deaths as by‐catch in the Bay of Biscay?

2. Has it made contact with professional fishing, scientific and environmental organisations working in this area?

3. Is it involved in the design of acoustic repellents that might prevent dolphin by-catch?

Original language of question: ES 
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