Briefing 
 

Arctic Ocean: long-term plan to prevent unregulated fishing 

MEPs will vote on whether to approve an international agreement to prevent unregulated commercial fishing in the high seas of the central Arctic Ocean.

The objective of the agreement is to establish a 16 year-long strategy to safeguard healthy marine ecosystems and facilitate scientific cooperation to determine whether fish stocks can be harvested on a sustainable basis.

By entering into this agreement, the EU will be able to promote its environmental objectives and share scientific information, management measures and all future instruments put in place for this area.

The deal, agreed on 30 November 2017, includes the EU, Canada, China, Denmark in respect of the Faroe Islands and Greenland, Iceland, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Norway, Russia and USA.

Vote: Tuesday, 12 February

Consent 2018/0239(NLE)