TITLE : Specific conditions to fishing for deep-sea stocks in the North-East Atlantic: - extracts from the report by Kriton ARSENIS (S&D, EL)

Type: News   Reference: 95216   Duration: 00:04:43  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 09/12/2013   First transmission: 09/12/2013
The European Parliament debated today on the status of the North-East Atlantic mackerel fishery, specifically in the context of a possible ban of bottom trawling. Rapporteur Kriton ARSENIS (S&D, EL) created the surprise when announcing that despite the compromised reached in the Fisheries Committee, the S&D Group would submit tomorrow to the votes an amendment reintroducing bottom trawling ban.

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00:00:05 EXTERIOR SHOT of the European Parliament, Strasbourg. 00:00:07
00:00:12 SOUNDBITE (English) Kriton ARSENIS (S&D, EL), Rapporteur "The fish that live in the great depths, are very vulnerable. Sometimes they get into the age to be able to reproduce themselves at 35, sometimes they live more than 100 years, even 150. This means that if you catch the big ones, they easily get depleted, and this happens. We have cases where in 2 years, these fish stocks got depleted. And since, for 20 years now, they have never recovered." 00:00:36
00:00:48 SOUNDBITE (English) Kriton ARSENIS (S&D, EL), Rapporteur "The compromise that was reached is a compromise without the main basic proposals of the Commission, the bottom trawler ban. There was an underlying agreement that this compromise would be supported by the Member States in the Council. All these months I've tried to talk with all the Member States involved, I failed to gain any commitment that this compromise can be the fallout of these negotiations. Thus, the Socialist Group, one hour ago, decided to vote in favour of the reintroduction of the bottom trawler ban." 00:00:50
00:01:38 SOUNDBITE (English) Maria DAMANAKI, European Commissioner for Fisheries. "Mister Gallagher repeated here that we have to go for a two/tier approach. I agree with you, and this also in our minds, that's why I can inform the Parliament that in any case, any deal cannot give Iceland and Faeroes access to our waters. This is our translation of this principle, they are not going to have access to our waters. This means that if the stock is not in a good shape, then they are not going to fish their share, they are going to fish into their waters. This is something we have to keep in mind." 00:00:40
00:02:18 SOUNDBITE (English) Chris DAVIES (ALDE, UK) "Amendments have been tabled which we will vote on tomorrow, calling for deep sea trawling below 600 meters to be banned. That reflects the position that the Commission has put forward, it makes clear that this activity is deeply harmful. And there is growing support across this House for these proposals, because we all realise that at these depth it takes enormously long time for the marine ecosystem to recover once it is damaged. 300 marine scientists have written to us saying we should stop this activity because the damages. There are more scientists staying stop it than there fishermen working on a regular basis actually doing it. For heaven sake, lets listen to the science, remember we can always going back to start trawling, if there's a seabed to trawl, we can't stop it if we destroy the seabed, because if we do that, it is gone for our lifetimes. 00:00:48
00:03:06 SOUNDBITE (English) Struan STEVENSON (ECR, UK) : "If Mister Davies would like to come up to Ceann Loch, a small community where deep water trawlers are the only business of that community, they fish on the continental slope for whitefish, for megrim, for monkfish, at 900 meters, that whole community is going to be destroyed by Chris Davies, I hope he comes up and speak to the fishermen's families who are going to lose their livelihoods because of this ridiculous over the top reaction by him and his supporters." 00:00:39
00:03:45 SOUNDBITE (Italian) Guido MILANA (S&D, IT) : English translation : "Nobody cared when, not in the Açores but in the Mediterranean sea, when was voted a ban on bottom trawling from 1000 . In that case too the ban was a wide spread. One cannot be absent when we're dealing with one side of Europe and present when another part of Europe is under scrutiny. Furthermore, the Council is absolutely absent, none of the 3 Presidency has shown interest in the matter, the Cypriot, the Irish and the Lithuanian Presidency have not put on the agenda this point. and I think that's absolutely shameful . I don't think this was only due to the passivity of the Council, it's due to a proper lobbying action from those who have no interest in seing things changing in Northern Atlantic". 00:00:44
00:04:29 CUTAWAYS : 5 shots. 00:00:14
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