New fisheries policy: MEPs to approve key draft laws on discards and Baltic Sea
Parliament is set to give fishermen more time to adapt to new rules against discarding unwanted fish at sea, by delaying the entry into effect of sanctions. MEPs will also vote on a multiannual management plan for Baltic cod, sprat and herring stocks. These draft laws are needed to implement the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) which took effect in 2014. Debates on Monday, votes on Tuesday.
In committee, MEPs made two key changes to the "landing obligation" regulation, which sets out arrangements for enforcing the discard ban, so as to make small fishermen’s lives easier. These limited a requirement to keep a log of each species caught and kept on board to catches above 50 kg live-weight equivalent and delayed the entry into effect of sanctions for failure to comply with the ban until 2017.
The multiannual plan for Baltic cod, sprat and herring is the first under the new CFP. Its reliance on long-run management, rather than annual planning, should improve predictability for fishermen. Multiannual plans, a key feature of the new CFP, aim to ensure that catches do not exceed what a given stock can reproduce in a given year.
Procedures: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), first reading agreement (Landing obligation); Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), first reading (Baltic Plan)
2014/0285(COD) - Baltic Plan
Debate: Monday, 27 April
Vote: Tuesday, 28 April
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