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EU Ministers have reached agreement on fishing opportunities for 2015 in the Atlantic, North Sea and Black Sea following lengthy discussion at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on the 15th and 16th December. Karmenu Vella, the EU's Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, presented the Commission's proposals based for the first time on the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) which aims to have all stocks fished at sustainable levels.
Karmenu Vella, the EU's Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, will present the Commission's proposals for fixing fishing opportunities for 2015 for the Atlantic, North Sea and Black Sea to the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on the 15th and 16th December.

Fishing effort

Managing fish stocks
Fishing vessel in the north-west Atlantic. © CFCA

Fishing effort management is a combination of limitations to the fleet capacity and the amount of time that can be spent at sea by that fleet. Often effort restrictions are applied in addition to the more generally used system of total allowable catches.
 
Fishing effort restrictions have been introduced in a number of situations: under multiannual plans for the management of a specific stock or group of stocks, and more generally area-based. Examples of fishing effort restrictions can be found in for instance the plan for management of the sole and plaice stocks in the North Sea (Council Regulation 676/2007), and in the rules on fishing in the western waters (Council Regulation (EC) No 1954/2003). Management plans in the Mediterranean are sometimes centered around effort restrictions.

Official documents

Legislation

Council Regulation (EC) No 754/2009 of 27 July 2009 excluding certain groups of vessels from the fishing effort regime laid down in Chapter III of Regulation (EC) No 1342/2008

Reports

Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on Member States' efforts during 2012 to achieve a sustainable balance between fishing capacity and fishing opportunities - COM/2014/233

Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on Member States' efforts during 2011 to achieve a sustainable balance between fishing capacity and fishing opportunities - COM/2013/85

Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on Member States' efforts during 2010 to achieve a sustainable balance between fishing capacity and fishing opportunities - COM/2012/368 final/2 pdf - 86 KB [86 KB]    

COM/2012/368


Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on Member States' efforts during 2009 to achieve a sustainable balance between fishing capacity and fishing opportunities - COM/2011/354 final

Annual report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on Member States' efforts during 2008 to achieve a sustainable balance between fishing capacity and fishing opportunities - COM/2010/0060 final

CORRIGENDUM: Annule et remplace le document COM(2008) 902 final du 12.1.2009 Concerne toutes les versions linguistiques

Annual report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on Member States’ efforts during 2007 to achieve a sustainable balance between fishing capacity and fishing opportunities - COM/2008/902 final/2

Annual report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on Member States’ efforts during 2006 to achieve a sustainable balance between fishing capacity and fishing opportunities - COM/2007/0828 final

Annual Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on Member States’ efforts during 2005 to achieve a sustainable balance between fishing capacity and fishing opportunities - COM/2006/0872 final

Annual Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on Member States’ efforts during 2004 to achieve a sustainable balance between fishing capacity and fishing opportunities -  COM/2005/0691 final

Annual Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on Member States’ efforts during 2003 to achieve a sustainable balance between fishing capacity and fishing opportunities - COM/2004/0799 final

Annual report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the results of the multiannual guidance programmes for the fishing fleets at the end of 2002 - COM/2003/0508 final

Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the intermediate results of the multi-annual guidance programmes for the fishing fleets at 30 June 2002 - COM/2002/0483 final

Annual Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the results of the multiannual guidance programmes for the fishing fleets at the end of 2001 - COM/2002/0446 final

Annual Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the results of the multi-annual guidance programmes for the fishing fleets at the end of 2000 - COM/2001/0541 final

Report from the Commission to the Council - Preparation for a mid term review of the Multi-annual Guidance Programmes (MAGP) - COM/2000/0272 final

Communications

Guidelines for the analysis of the balance between fishing capacity and fishing opportunities according to Art 22 of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 of the European Parliament and the Council on the Common Fisheries Policy - COM/2014/545

Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on improving fishing capacity and effort indicators under the common fisheries policy - COM/2007/0039 final