Written by Irina Popescu (4th edition, Updated on 9.10.2018),
The European Parliament and Council have adopted a new multiannual plan to manage fisheries in the North Sea and some adjacent maritime areas. The plan covers 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). The North Sea demersal fisheries are conducted by several thousand EU vessels, mainly from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom, and represent over 70 % of EU catches in this area.
The plan introduces new rules on how the catch limits for each stock must be set, so that it is fished sustainably. The ranges within which the catch limits are set are based on the best available scientific advice, and updated regularly to take account of the most recent data. The plan also contains safeguard measures to restore stocks when they fall below safe biological limits, and sets a framework for improved cooperation between the Member States concerned at sea-regional level.
- October 2018: Multiannual plan for North Sea demersal fisheries (4th edition)
- 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
|Procedure completed||Regulation (EU) 2018/973
OJ L 179, 16.7.2018, pp. 1-13