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Parliamentary questions
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3 April 2020
E-002055/2020
Question for written answer
to the Council
Rule 138
Niclas Herbst, Søren Gade, Manuel Pizarro
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Multiannual management plans and recreational fisheries

Several multiannual management plans adopted in recent years, and in particular the plans for Western Waters and the Western Mediterranean, include provisions on recreational fisheries. Furthermore, the legislation specifies that ‘the Council may set non-discriminatory limits for recreational fishermen’ on the basis of a Commission proposal.

What is the Council’s interpretation of ‘non-discriminatory’ in this context? The regulation refers to environmental, social and economic criteria.

How does the Council evaluate ‘the societal importance of that activity and its contribution to the economy in coastal areas’ for the purposes of making proposals for limits applicable to recreational fishermen?

Does the Council have enough data on recreational fisheries and their socio-economic importance to ensure a non-discriminatory approach?

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