Workshop: 14 May 2018, 15:00 – 17:00
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A key objective of the 2013 Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is to gradually eliminate discards, by 1st January 2019 at the latest.
The obligation to land all species in all fisheries introduced by the CFP, and hence progressively banning discarding, has led Member States to revise their approach to fisheries management according to their national allocations of quota. It is especially the case in multispecies and mixed fisheries impacted by the landing obligation. This new scenario on the one hand creates an incentive to develop more selective gears and landing all fish caught; while on the other hand, reducing the effect of the lack of quota for some species that will force the early closure of some fisheries i.e., the “choke effect”.
The topic is linked to three geographical areas: the South Western Waters, the North Western Waters and the North Sea.
The deadline to fully eliminate discards is approaching, and there is a great concern among fishers, to put at risk their economic survival. The EP held a crucial Workshop attended by Members and also by representatives of the other Institutions and external public. In spite of the 14 Monday air strike, more than 160 attendees were accounted.
Three prominent scientists presented their studies outcomes describing and analysing the real problem of choke species in multispecies and mixed fisheries, on three key sea basins (Western waters, North and South, and the North Sea).
A problem which is even challenging one of the ground of the current CFP, the quota allocation system based on the principle of relative stability.
The scientists also assess the effectiveness of the CFP ‘tool box’ to reduce the risk of choke species and analyse possible alternative solutions in the context of the Brexit, the climate change and the Maximum Sustainable Yield(MSY) objective within the ecosystem, that should not be put endanger.
The scientist’s studies clear the frontier between biology and politics, and an interesting and extensive debate with MEPs took place.
Link to watch video of the event [with multilingual interpretation] – Workshop runs from 15:17 to 17:07:50
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