Common fisheries policy: - extracts from the report Ulrike RODUST (S&D, DE)

Type: News   Reference: 90188   Duration: 00:05:04  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 04/02/2013   First transmission: 04/02/2013
MEPs debated their morning on the reform of the EU's common fisheries policy in order to put an end to overfishing while at the same time tackle unemployment in many coastal areas due to the decline of fisheries. Rapporteur Ulrike Rodust (S&D, DE) called for radical change in her recommendation to fellow MEPs. As of 2015, the principle of maximum sustainable yield shall apply, which means that each year EU fisheries won't harvest more fish than a stock can reproduce, with the objective that depleted fish stocks recover by 2020. 10% to 20% of EU Member States territorial waters will be closed to fishing within three years. The actual lack of scientific data will be faced with the set up of additional research and data collection programmes. Bigger stocks produce higher yields. However, fishermen will have to get through a period when there will have to be a bit less fishing for some species, and EU will have to help them. EPP Group pointed out the risk that a too radical change would fail if a transitionnal period is not set to allow them to adapt to the new conditions. For now, a special amendment will oblige member states to give fishing rights preferably to traditional small-scale fishermen, as this part of the fishing sector produces more jobs and uses less detrimental fishing techniques most of the times.

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00:00:00 TITLE : Common fisheries policy: extracts from the report Ulrike RODUST (S&D, DE) 00:00:05
00:00:05 EXTERIOR SHOT of the European Parliament, Strasbourg 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (German) Ulrike RODUST (S&D, DE), Rapporteur English translation : "It's a big day for us, today we are going to show that the European Parliament is not a toothless old tiger, we are going to show our power, we are going for codecision today and we're going to assure the future for ourselves, our children and our grand-children. We're going to decide to put an end to over-fishing, exploiting our seas and the third world. With the vote tomorrow we will take the existing Fisheries Policy which is simply a disaster and turn it on it back on its feet." 00:00:33
00:00:43 SOUNDBITE (English) Simon COVENEY, Ireland Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine (Council) "We want to see an end to the discarding of fish, which is indefensible, and we want to do that in a real and pragmatic way that can bring the industry with us as well as satisfy all others that are watching and concerned about what we haven't done in the past and need to do in the future to ensure that we have a sustainable management of fish stocks, that can protect fish in the sea but also can protect rural communities, coastal communities, fishing communities that rely for their living and their income on a fishing industry." 00:00:40
00:01:23 SOUNDBITE (English) Maria DAMANAKI, EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries "When I took office, I would like to say this again, once more here, we had only 5 fish stocks that were managed sustainably. Today we have 27. So it can be done.We can do it all together." 00:00:17
00:01:40 SOUNDBITE (English) Maria DAMANAKI, EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries "We cannot explain to anybody that we have to throw away 23%, this is the average, of the fish we catch" 00:00:10
00:01:50 SOUNDBITE (English) Maria DAMANAKI, EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries "If we go throughout this deal, then in 2020 we're going to increase the fish in our seas by 50 millions tons, and the fish landed by our fishermen by half a million tons. This is there. And also we can increase by 2022 the income of our fishermen by 25% and create 30% more jobs." 00:00:31
00:02:21 SOUNDBITE (English) Isabella LÖVIN (Greens/EFA, SE), Committee on Fisheries "We are now importing 65% of all the fish that we consume, and we are the world largest fish market. That is clearly not sustainable, and you, Commissioner, made it clear that if EU does not radically reform its common fishery policy now, only 8 out of all the commercially exploited fish stock will be at a sustainable level a in 2022. That would mean importing more and more, fishing more and more elsewhere and just going on destroying what is left of our once abundant seas." 00:00:34
00:02:55 SOUNDBITE (English) Isabella LÖVIN (Greens/EFA, SE), Committee on Fisheries "In the Barents Sea, if they would have aim to keep the cod stock at MSY (maximum sustainable yeld) levels, they would now only have half a million ton of spawning stock biomass there. But they have aimed to rebuild the stock above MSY level and they now have 2 million tons, 4 times above MSY levels. This proves that it is not only environmentally sound, to rebuild stocks above minimum MSY levels, but it also means good business. Fish a little less now, and spend a lot less money trying, and earn a lot more money in the future. " 00:00:40
00:03:35 SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Carmen FRAGA ESTEVEZ (EPP, ES) "Our Group has tabled an amendment and I want to make ti quite clear this time in no sense is trying to avoid an obligation to land all catches, we have accepted that from the 1st paragraph on. What we're trying to do is rationalizing the way of doing it. This is supported by the entire industry from the Mediterranean to the Baltic, so I think it would be worthy effort. All we're looking for, is a way to help the transition towards a new and radical obligation to make sure that it can actually be met." 00:00:35
00:04:10 SOUNDBITE (English) Struan STEVENSON (ECR, UK) "I welcome moves towards MSDY levels or indeed above MSY levels, I welcome the introduction of regionalisation, I welcome the ending of discards, but there's still some missing links : we need better and more science on all of our fish stocks, we need to ask ourselves after years of cod recovery plans in the North Sea cod stocks are still not significantly improving, we need to look at the impact of climate change and the impact indeed of sea mammal predation on fish stocks, that seems to me to be the missing link in all the Commission work." 00:00:41
00:04:51 CUTAWAYS : 4 shots 00:00:13
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