EUfishmeal represent European producers of fishmeal and fish oil producing 480,000 tonnes of fishmeal and 170,000 tonnes of fish oil every year.
We source raw materials directly from the European fleet and from the processing industry (by-products from production of fish for direct human consumption) and welcome the Commission´s proposal to ensure effective control of the landing obligation and to strengthen traceability.
As regards the specific proposal in article 60(a)2 the Commission is empowered to adopt special rules for weighing of pelagic species.
It is of utmost importance that uniformly effective and reliable weighing procedures and systems are established. One kilogram should always be one kilogram. This implies that privately operated weighing facilities, certified by independent third parties and competently operated, are responsible for weighing procedures. Effective and dissuasive sanctions should accompany any non-compliance. For non-sorted species and landings the species should be identified according to a defined, standardized sampling plan uniform for all EU fishing ports.
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