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Overhauling fisheries technical measures [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Irina Popescu (4th edition, updated on 26.8.2019),

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Technical measures in fisheries govern the different fishing practices that can be used to catch fish, as well as the areas and seasons for fishing. Aimed at limiting unwanted catches and the impact of fishing on marine ecosystems, EU technical measures have developed over time into a notoriously complicated regulatory structure, which came to be seen as a plethora of ineffective rules under rigid governance.

The European Parliament and Council have adopted a new legislative framework that changes the governance structure of technical measures. The new regulation is designed to simplify the previous system, to increase its flexibility through a regionalised approach adapted to the specificities of each EU sea basin, and to optimise the contribution of the technical measures to the objectives of the common fisheries policy. The text also provides for a total ban on electric pulse trawl fishing from 1 July 2021, with the possibility for Member States to immediately prohibit or restrict this type of fishing in their coastal waters.


Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the conservation of fishery resources and the protection of marine ecosystems through technical measures, amending Council Regulations (EC) No 1967/2006, (EC) No 1098/2007, (EC) No 1224/2009 and Regulations (EU) No 1343/2011 and (EU) No 1380/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council, and repealing Council Regulations (EC) No 894/97, (EC) No 850/98, (EC) No 2549/2000, (EC) No 254/2002, (EC) No 812/2004 and (EC) No 2187/2005.
Committee responsible: Fisheries (PECH) COM(2016) 134 of 11.3.2016
Rapporteur: Gabriel Mato (EPP, Spain) 2016/0074 (COD)
Shadow rapporteurs: Renata Briano (S&D, Italy)
Peter Van Dalen (ECR, The Netherlands)
Nils Torvalds (ALDE, Finland)
Liadh Ní Riada (GUE/NGL, Ireland)
Marco Affronte (Greens/EFA, Italy)
Rosa D’Amato (EFDD, Italy)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Procedure completed. Regulation (EU) 2019/1241
OJ L 198, 25.7.2019, pp. 105–201.

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