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Transposing international measures for Atlantic tuna fisheries into EU law [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Irina Popescu (4th edition),

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The European Parliament and Council have adopted a regulation concerning the conservation of tuna and tuna-like species, and the management of fisheries targeting these stocks in the Atlantic Ocean (including adjacent seas such as the Mediterranean).

The new regulation, which entered into force on 3 December 2017, transposes into EU law a number of binding recommendations adopted by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), a regional fisheries management organisation to which the EU is a contracting party. These measures needed to be enacted in EU law to become applicable, notably to operators such as the masters of fishing vessels.

When adopting its legislative resolution, the EP also voted on a statement to express its concern at the Commission’s delay in proposing to implement ICCAT recommendations (some dating back to 2008), and urged it to send future proposals for transposition of RFMOs’ recommendations within six months of the date of their adoption.


Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down management, conservation and control measures applicable in the Convention Area of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) and amending Council Regulations (EC) No 1936/2001, (EC) No 1984/2003 and (EC) No 520/2007)
Committee responsible: Fisheries (PECH) COM(2016) 401 of 17.6.2016

procedure ref.: 2016/0187(COD)

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

Rapporteur: Gabiel Mato Adrover (EPP, Spain)
Shadow rapporteurs:





Isabelle Thomas (S&D, France)

Ruža Tomašić (ECR, Croatia)

Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (ALDE, Spain)

João Ferreira (GUE/NGL, Portugal)

Linnéa Engström (Greens/EFA, Sweden)

Procedure completed. Regulation (EU) 2017/2107
OJ L 315, 30.11.2017, p. 1

ICCAT convention area


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