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Parliamentary questions
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7 April 2021
Question for written answer  E-001866/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Frédérique Ries (Renew)
 Subject: Emergency measures to protect marine ecosystems

Our oceans cover 70% of the planet, and protecting them is a priority. They are the earth's primary carbon sinks and biggest producers of oxygen. Today, increasing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions caused by human activities such as overfishing are jeopardising this balancing function. The EU must be at the forefront of this battle to save our oceans.

1. Lost or discarded fishing gear - fishing nets, casts, hooks, floats, sinkers, etc. - constitutes 27% of marine litter. In view of this, does the Commission intend to speed up the development of a circular economy for the fishing industry?

2. The directive on single-use plastics provides for specific measures, such as extended producer responsibility schemes and targets for the collection and reporting of data on the monitoring of fishing gear in each Member State. What progress has been made, almost two years on from the entry into force of the directive?

3. Does the Commission intend to launch an EU initiative in the near future on the recovery of fishing nets lost or discarded at sea, as called for in Catherine Chabaud’s report, given that they have a serious impact on all species of marine fauna and pose a threat to the existence of six out of seven species of sea turtle?

Original language of question: FR
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