Fisheries

European Parliament adopts ground-breaking agreement for Baltic fisheries and adopts new regulation for blue-fin tuna

European Parliament adopts ground-breaking agreement for Baltic fisheries and adopts new regulation for blue-fin tuna

European Parliament adopts ground-breaking agreement for Baltic fisheries and adopts new regulation for blue-fin tuna

23/06/2016

The European Parliament voted today on the 2nd reading of the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a multi-annual plan for the stocks of cod, herring and sprat in the Baltic Sea and the fisheries exploiting those stocks, also known as the 'Baltic Plan' (this Regulation amends Council Regulation (EC) No 2187/2005 and repeals Council Regulation (EC) No 1098/2007).

The Baltic plan is the first of its kind – a landmark. Now that the co-legislators have found an agreement on this kind of plans, sustainable long-term management plans can be proposed for other marine regions as well. The new generation of multi-annual plans will be instrumental to deploying the new Common Fisheries Policy and particularly to realising its most ambitions objective – stopping waste and using all the fish that is caught rather than discarding it. The plans will also facilitate decentralised decision making for technical measures.

Another positive note is that the European Parliament decided to transpose into EU legislation the ICCAT Bluefin tuna plan for the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean. This will undoubtedly uphold the recovery of the stock while providing legal certainty to operators. The Commission welcomes in particular the constructive attitude of the co-legislators during the transposition process.