Written by Irina Popescu (3rd edition),
Updated on 25.5.2018
The European Parliament is due to vote on a provisional agreement with the Council on a legislative proposal for a multiannual plan to manage fisheries in the North Sea and some adjacent maritime areas. The plan would cover demersal species (i.e. species living close to the sea bottom). These stocks are exploited by various fishing fleets using various fishing gear but often catching different species together (mixed fisheries). Demersal fisheries, conducted by several thousand EU vessels, represent over 70 % of EU catches in this area.
After the adoption of a plan concerning the Baltic Sea, this multiannual plan for North Sea demersal fisheries is the second management plan proposed by the European Commission since the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy agreed at the end of 2013. Such multiannual tools are essential for the sustainable exploitation of marine resources and offer better predictability on catches allowed to fishermen over time. They also set a framework for improved cooperation between the Member States concerned at sea-regional level.
- May 2018: Multiannual plan for North Sea demersal fisheries (3rd edition)
- August 2017: Multiannual plan for North Sea demersal fisheries (2nd edition)
- October 2016: Multiannual plan for North Sea demersal fisheries (1st edition)
|Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on establishing a multi-annual plan for demersal stocks in the North Sea and the fisheries exploiting those stocks and repealing Council Regulation (EC) 676/2007 and Council Regulation (EC) 1342/2008.|
Ulrike Rodust (S&D, Germany)
Jens Gieseke (EPP, Germany)
|COM(2016)493, 3.08.2016, 2016/0238 (COD)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly
|Next steps expected:||First-reading vote in plenary|