EU: North-East Atlantic control measures were approved

Published Feb 22, 2024

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The Committee on Fisheries has approved new regulations for the conservation and management of fisheries in the North-East Atlantic Commission area. The rules include enhanced control of transhipment operations, a ban on discarding catches from 22 species, and the use of technology to monitor landing and processing facilities for large landings. The regulations will affect stocks such as mackerel, herring, blue whiting, and horse mackerel. EU countries will also be required to publicly list the ports where these landings occur.
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NE Atlantic control measures approved. The new rules for the conservation, management and control of fisheries in the North-East Atlantic Commission area, already agreed with Council, were approved by MEPs on Monday. With 13 votes in favour to eight against and no abstentions, the Committee on Fisheries adopted a new draft law, the result of negotiations with the Council, to update fisheries measures in the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) area. MEPs approved the agreed changes to improve the control of transhipment operations at sea. The legislation also prohibits discarding or releasing catches from 22 species, such as cod, whiting, plaice and common sole. According to the new measures, camera and sensor technologies will monitor landing and processing facilities for landings exceeding 10 tonnes and where more than 3 000 tonnes of certain pelagic stocks are weighed per calendar year in total. Therefore, small-scale coastal and artisanal fishing are excluded, note ...
Source: Fish Focus
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