Spain: Relief in the fleet after postponing the EU decision that expands the areas prohibited from fishing

Published May 23, 2024

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Fishermen have welcomed the delay of a vote on the introduction of 'reference zones' on the seabed, which they believed could have led to a ban on fishing in 10% of the European Union's fishing grounds. The European Bottom Fishing Alliance (EBFA), which includes the Spanish shipowners' association Cepesca, has argued that more time is needed for Member States to study the proposal and gather more scientific data. The decision has been postponed until October 2024, providing a relief for the fleet after they faced restrictions, including a ban on bottom fishing in 87 areas of the northeast Atlantic, during the current legislature.
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Fishermen have expressed relief at the postponement of a vote on creating "reference zones" on the seabed, free from human pressure to assess its natural variability. According to the fleet, it would prevent them from fishing in ten percent of the European Union's fishing grounds. The European Bottom Fishing Alliance (EBFA) has warned this week of a vote on said proposal, at a meeting of the Coordination Group of Member States and the European Commission on marine strategies and that, according to same source, it has finally been postponed until October 2024, The EBFA, in which the Spanish shipowners' association Cepesca is integrated, has warned that the creation of these zones requires "more time" so that the Member States can better study the measures and obtain more scientific data. "We know that Spain has agreed with this decision and therefore we are very satisfied," declared the president of the EBFA, Iván López. The fleet has defended that this decision should be made ...
Source: PEefeagro
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