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Parliamentary questions
10 November 2011
Answer given by Ms Damanaki on behalf of the Commission

The Commission agrees with the Honourable Member that recreational fisheries can have a significant impact on fish resources. Therefore under Article 55 of the Control Regulation(1), Member States must ensure that recreational fisheries in their territorial waters and in Union waters are conducted in a manner compatible with the objectives of the common fisheries policy of ‘ensuring exploitation of living aquatic resources that provide sustainable economic, environmental and social conditions’.

The Commission has no plans to introduce general licensing regimes for recreational fisheries or better-defined limits in terms of catches by recreational fishermen. However, under Article 55 of the Control Regulation, Member States are required to monitor the catches by recreational fishermen of stocks subject to recovery plans, excluding fishing from the shore. On the basis of this monitoring where a recreational fishery is found to have a significant impact, specific management measures such as fishing authorisations and catch declarations can be introduced.

With regard to the specific fishing methods to which the Honourable Member refers, the use of these methods, even on a relatively small scale, has the ability to yield significant catches. Measures prohibiting the use of nets and longlines by recreational fishermen are already in place in the Mediterranean.

On the issue of the illegal selling of fish caught in recreational fisheries, Article 55(2) of the Control Regulation clearly states that the marketing of catches from recreational fisheries shall be prohibited. It is the Member States' responsibility to ensure these measures are enforced. The Commission will continue to monitor closely the application of the Control Regulation.

(1)Council Regulation (EC) 1224/2009of 20 November 2009 establishing a Community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the common fisheries policy, amending Regulations (EC) 847/96, (EC) 2371/2002, (EC) 811/2004, (EC) 768/2005, (EC) 2115/2005, (EC) 2166/2005, (EC) 388/2006, (EC) 509/2007, (EC) 676/2007, (EC) 1098/2007, (EC) 1300/2008, (EC) 1342/2008 and repealing Regulations (EEC) 2847/93, (EC) 1627/94 and (EC) 1966/2006.

OJ C 285 E, 21/09/2012
Last updated: 22 November 2011Legal notice