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Multiannual plan for demersal fisheries in the western Mediterranean [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Irina Popescu (1st edition),

Porto Santo Stefano, Italy - June 24, 2017: Harbor seafront and village skyline, italian travel destination. Monte Argentario, Tuscany, Italy.

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On 8 March 2018, the European Commission proposed a multiannual plan for the western Mediterranean fisheries exploiting several stocks of fish and crustaceans living close to the sea bottom (i.e. ‘demersal fisheries’). Most of these stocks have long been overfished and are now in an alarming state. The proposed plan aims to reverse this trend and ensure that fishing activities are environmentally sustainable and capable of securing economic and social benefits. The plan concerns fishing fleets from Italy, Spain and France, totalling almost 10 900 vessels.

The proposal would introduce a fishing-effort regime for all trawlers operating in the region, and reduce fishing activities in the first year of application, in line with the scientific advice. In addition, it would restrict trawlers from operating in waters shallower than 100 m for three months each year, to reserve the coastal zone for more selective fishing gear. The plan would also establish regional cooperation among the Member States concerned, with a view to developing provisions on the obligation to land all catches and on the conservation of resources through technical measures.


Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a multi-annual plan for the fisheries exploiting demersal stocks in the western Mediterranean Sea
Committee responsible: Fisheries (PECH) COM(2018) 115
Rapporteur: Clara Eugenia Aguilera García (S&D, Spain) 2018/0050(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:



Carlos Iturgaiz (EPP, Spain)
Ruža Tomašić (ECR, Croatia)
Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (ALDE, Spain)
João Ferreira (GUE/NGL, Portugal)
Marco Affronte (Greens/EFA, Italy)
Rosa D’Amato (EFDD, Italy)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Publication of draft report


Landings of the main demersal species exploited in the western Mediterranean Sea in 2014 by value (million €)

Landings of the main demersal species exploited in the western Mediterranean Sea in 2014 by value (million €)


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