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New EU rules on fisheries control

03-03-2021

Fisheries control aims to ensure compliance with the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), and is therefore a key condition for its success. The EU control system is currently under revision, with a European Commission proposal intended to modernise the monitoring of fisheries activities, improve enforcement and update the rules in line with the latest CFP reform. Parliament's vote on the revision is scheduled for the March I part-session.

Fisheries control aims to ensure compliance with the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), and is therefore a key condition for its success. The EU control system is currently under revision, with a European Commission proposal intended to modernise the monitoring of fisheries activities, improve enforcement and update the rules in line with the latest CFP reform. Parliament's vote on the revision is scheduled for the March I part-session.

EU-UK relations in fisheries

25-02-2021

The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union has brought significant uncertainty for the fisheries sector. Fisheries, and especially EU fishing rights in UK waters, played a prominent role in the recent negotiations on future EU-UK relations and ultimately became the final obstacle to reaching an agreement, being the very last point to be agreed. The new EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, settled on 24 December 2020, marks an important milestone in the long history of fisheries relations ...

The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union has brought significant uncertainty for the fisheries sector. Fisheries, and especially EU fishing rights in UK waters, played a prominent role in the recent negotiations on future EU-UK relations and ultimately became the final obstacle to reaching an agreement, being the very last point to be agreed. The new EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, settled on 24 December 2020, marks an important milestone in the long history of fisheries relations in the North-east Atlantic. The agreement maintains full access to waters until 30 June 2026, with part of the EU quota shares gradually transferred to the UK during this period. After 1 July 2026, access to waters will be decided by a process of annual consultations. The quota shares will remain stable at the 2025 level, and can only be changed with the mutual consent of both parties. The Trade and Cooperation Agreement ensures that fisheries and aquaculture products continue to be traded without tariffs, but non-tariff measures associated with the UK leaving the EU common market, such as certification requirements and customs controls, will involve slower and more expensive trade flows.

Multiannual plan for small pelagic fish stocks in the Adriatic Sea

14-11-2020

Multiannual fisheries management plans are essential tools for the sustainable exploitation of marine resources, offering better predictability over time and a framework for improved cooperation between Member States at sea basin level. As part of a series of such plans adopted since the last reform of the common fisheries policy, the European Commission put forward, in February 2017, a proposal for a multiannual plan intended to manage fisheries of small pelagic fish stocks (anchovy and sardine) ...

Multiannual fisheries management plans are essential tools for the sustainable exploitation of marine resources, offering better predictability over time and a framework for improved cooperation between Member States at sea basin level. As part of a series of such plans adopted since the last reform of the common fisheries policy, the European Commission put forward, in February 2017, a proposal for a multiannual plan intended to manage fisheries of small pelagic fish stocks (anchovy and sardine) in the Adriatic Sea. These stocks, which have long been in a poor state, are exploited mainly by fishing vessels from Italy and Croatia, and to a smaller extent from Slovenia. They are managed under a complex legal framework at EU, regional and national level, which includes, since 2017, setting annual catch limits for the concerned Member States. With the multiannual plan for Adriatic small pelagic stocks, the Commission proposed, among other changes, to introduce a longer-term system of setting allowable catches - a major shift in fisheries management in this area, traditionally based on fishing effort. The Parliament examined the proposal and adopted a legislative resolution in November 2018, making significant modifications to the plan and opposing the proposed catch limits system. The Commission considered that the amended plan was not fit for purpose, and subsequently withdrew the proposal.

EU fisheries agreement with Senegal

05-11-2020

During the November I part-session, Parliament is expected to vote on giving its consent to the conclusion of a new protocol implementing the EU fisheries agreement with the Republic of Senegal. The protocol allows EU vessels to fish in Senegalese waters, while aiming to promote a sustainable fisheries policy and sound exploitation of fishery resources in the area, and to support Senegal's efforts to develop its fisheries sector.

During the November I part-session, Parliament is expected to vote on giving its consent to the conclusion of a new protocol implementing the EU fisheries agreement with the Republic of Senegal. The protocol allows EU vessels to fish in Senegalese waters, while aiming to promote a sustainable fisheries policy and sound exploitation of fishery resources in the area, and to support Senegal's efforts to develop its fisheries sector.

EU fisheries agreement with Seychelles

05-11-2020

The fisheries agreement with the Republic of Seychelles is the most financially significant EU tuna agreement. During the November I part-session, Parliament is due to vote on giving its consent to the conclusion of a new agreement and implementing protocol, ensuring EU vessels' continued access to one of the richest fishing grounds in the western Indian Ocean. The agreement aims to enable further EU-Seychelles cooperation to promote a sustainable fisheries policy and responsible exploitation of ...

The fisheries agreement with the Republic of Seychelles is the most financially significant EU tuna agreement. During the November I part-session, Parliament is due to vote on giving its consent to the conclusion of a new agreement and implementing protocol, ensuring EU vessels' continued access to one of the richest fishing grounds in the western Indian Ocean. The agreement aims to enable further EU-Seychelles cooperation to promote a sustainable fisheries policy and responsible exploitation of fisheries resources in the waters of Seychelles.

EU fisheries agreement with Cape Verde

11-06-2020

During the June part-session, Parliament is expected to vote on giving its consent to the conclusion of a new protocol implementing the EU fisheries agreement with the Republic of Cape Verde. The protocol allows EU vessels to fish for tunas in the waters of Cape Verde, and aims to promote a sustainable fisheries policy and sound exploitation of fisheries resources, as well as the development of Cape Verde’s blue economy.

During the June part-session, Parliament is expected to vote on giving its consent to the conclusion of a new protocol implementing the EU fisheries agreement with the Republic of Cape Verde. The protocol allows EU vessels to fish for tunas in the waters of Cape Verde, and aims to promote a sustainable fisheries policy and sound exploitation of fisheries resources, as well as the development of Cape Verde’s blue economy.

EU–São Tomé and Príncipe fisheries agreement

11-06-2020

EU fishing vessels have long been active in the waters of the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, in the framework of a bilateral EU fisheries agreement. The conclusion of a new protocol implementing this agreement is expected to be the subject of a consent vote in Parliament during the June plenary part-session. The protocol provides access rights for the EU fleet to fish for tunas in São Tomean waters. In addition, it aims to promote sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources in ...

EU fishing vessels have long been active in the waters of the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, in the framework of a bilateral EU fisheries agreement. The conclusion of a new protocol implementing this agreement is expected to be the subject of a consent vote in Parliament during the June plenary part-session. The protocol provides access rights for the EU fleet to fish for tunas in São Tomean waters. In addition, it aims to promote sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources in the region and to support the development of the local fisheries sector.

EU fisheries agreement with Guinea-Bissau

11-06-2020

During the June plenary part-session, Parliament is due to vote on giving its consent to the conclusion of a new protocol to the existing EU fisheries partnership agreement with the Republic of Guinea-Bissau. Besides granting fishing opportunities to EU vessels in Guinea-Bissauan waters, the protocol aims to promote sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources and to support the efforts of Guinea-Bissau to develop its blue economy.

During the June plenary part-session, Parliament is due to vote on giving its consent to the conclusion of a new protocol to the existing EU fisheries partnership agreement with the Republic of Guinea-Bissau. Besides granting fishing opportunities to EU vessels in Guinea-Bissauan waters, the protocol aims to promote sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources and to support the efforts of Guinea-Bissau to develop its blue economy.

Extension of the EU-Mauritania fisheries protocol

11-05-2020

The fisheries agreement with Mauritania and its implementing protocol, the EU’s most significant in economic terms by far, are currently being renegotiated. To allow continued EU fishing activities in Mauritanian waters after the expiry of the latest protocol, the European Commission has proposed to prolong it for a maximum of one year. Parliament is due to vote on giving its consent to this extension during the May plenary part-session.

The fisheries agreement with Mauritania and its implementing protocol, the EU’s most significant in economic terms by far, are currently being renegotiated. To allow continued EU fishing activities in Mauritanian waters after the expiry of the latest protocol, the European Commission has proposed to prolong it for a maximum of one year. Parliament is due to vote on giving its consent to this extension during the May plenary part-session.

Bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean

01-04-2020

The eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna was long a symbol of overfishing and fisheries mismanagement. Over the past decade, the stock has recovered, following the rebuilding measures introduced by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). The European Union is now transposing the ICCAT recommendation to move from the recovery measures to a bluefin tuna management plan.

The eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna was long a symbol of overfishing and fisheries mismanagement. Over the past decade, the stock has recovered, following the rebuilding measures introduced by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). The European Union is now transposing the ICCAT recommendation to move from the recovery measures to a bluefin tuna management plan.

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