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The European Commission welcomes the positive vote of the plenary of European Parliament on the multiannual Baltic Plan, a long-term management plan which establishes targets and conservation reference points for cod, sprat and herring stocks.
Today the European Parliament gave support to a legislative proposal that paves the way for effective and consistent implementation of the landing obligation under the new Common Fisheries Policy. With the vote, the Parliament has endorsed the political agreement reached earlier, in negotiations between the Parliament and the Council on the Commission proposal for a so-called Omnibus Regulation.
How was sea bass managed in the EU until now? What does the common approach consist of? What will be proposed under the third part of this package? Sea bass landings are increasing from year to year, what will the Commission do to tackle this? Why are recreational anglers covered by the measures, when the commercial sector catches the lion share of sea bass? What about the longer term? What happens in January 2016, during the next spawning season of sea bass? What is the potential economic impact of a further decline of seabass?

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