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Multiannual plan for small pelagic fish stocks in the Adriatic Sea [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Jean Weissenberger (1st edition),

fresh fish at the market

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The European Commission tabled, on 24 February 2017, a proposal for a regulation establishing a multiannual plan to manage fisheries of small pelagic fish stocks (anchovy and sardine) in the Adriatic Sea. These stocks, which are in a poor state, are exploited mainly by Italian and Croatian fishing vessels. The European Parliament (EP) will now begin to examine this proposal.

Multiannual fisheries management plans are essential tools for the sustainable exploitation of marine resources, offering notably better predictability over time on fishing mortality levels to be used by the Council when deciding on annual fishing possibilities. They also set a framework for improved cooperation between the Member States concerned at sea regional level. The first multiannual plan after the last reform of the common fisheries policy in 2013, supposed to serve as a prototype and which covers some stocks in the Baltic sea, was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in July 2016. Another plan proposal, concerning North Sea stocks, is currently under discussion in the EP. This new plan for small pelagic stocks would, in addition, represent a major shift in fisheries management in the Adriatic Sea, by framing a system of setting allowable catches in this part of the Mediterranean and making it endure over time.

Versions

Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a multi-annual plan for small pelagic stocks in the Adriatic Sea and the fisheries exploiting those stocks
Committee responsible: Fisheries (PECH)

COM(2017) 97
24.02.2017

procedure ref.: 2017/0043(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Rapporteur: Not yet appointed
Next steps expected: Presentation and first exchange of views in the PECH Committee

Stage: Commission proposal

Map of the Adriatic Sea

Map of the Adriatic Sea

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