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Multiannual plan for North Sea demersal fisheries [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Irina Popescu (3rd edition),

Updated on 25.5.2018

fishing boat on Dutch wadden sea

© Ivonne Wierink / Fotolia

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.


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.
Committee responsible:


Shadow rapporteurs:



Fisheries (PECH)

Ulrike Rodust (S&D, Germany)

Jens Gieseke (EPP, Germany)
Peter Van Dalen (ECR, Netherlands)
Nils Torvalds (ALDE, Finland)
Anja Hazekamp (GUE/NGL, the Netherlands)
Linnéa Engström (Greens/EFA, Sweden)

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

Stage: Plenary

Fishing area limits

Fishing area limits


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