BETA


2015/0096(COD) Multiannual recovery plan for Bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead PECH MATO Gabriel (icon: PPE PPE) BRIANO Renata (icon: S&D S&D), TOMAŠIĆ Ruža (icon: ECR ECR), BILBAO BARANDICA Izaskun (icon: ALDE ALDE), AFFRONTE Marco (icon: EFDD EFDD)
Committee Opinion ENVI
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
RoP 59-p4, TFEU 043-p2

Events

2016/09/16
   Final act published in Official Journal
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PURPOSE: to update the multiannual recovery plan for bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean.

LEGISLATIVE ACT: Regulation (EU) 2016/1627 of the European Parliament and of the Council on a multiannual recovery plan for bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean, and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 302/2009

CONTENT: the new Regulation improves the multiannual recovery plan for bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean currently in force.

The recovery plan applies from 2007 to 2022 . It was recommended by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (‘ICCAT’), an inter-governmental fishery organisation responsible for the conservation of tunas and tuna-like species in the Atlantic Ocean and its adjacent seas. The EU is a contracting party to ICCAT.

The objective of the Regulation is to achieve a biomass of bluefin tuna corresponding to the maximum sustainable yield by 2022 with at least a 60 % probability of achieving that objective.

Implementation of the plan : the Regulation transposes into Union law measures adopted by ICCAT in 2012, 2013 and 2014, these being:

Recommendation 12-03 which sets up: (i) technical measures concerning the transfer and caging operations of live bluefin tuna; (ii) new catch reporting requirements; (iii) the implementation of the ICCAT regional observer programme and (iv) changes of the fishing seasons; Recommendation 13-07 and 13-08 which (i) introduces small changes on fishing seasons which do not affect the Union fleet; (ii) sets up a common procedure for the use of stereoscopical camera systems to estimate the quantities of bluefin tuna at the point of caging and (iii) introduces a flexible starting date for the fishing season of baitboats and trolling boats in the eastern Atlantic; Recommendation 14-04 , which (i) rationalises some of the existing control provisions; (ii) specifies the procedures for the use of stereoscopic camera at the point of caging; (iii) introduces measures specific to release operations and the treatment of dead fish in the recovery plan.

Gear and fishing techniques : the recovery plan takes into account the specificities of the different types of gear and fishing techniques. When implementing the recovery plan, the Union and Member States will endeavour to promote coastal fishing activities and the use of fishing gear and techniques which are selective and have a reduced environmental impact , including gear and techniques used in traditional and artisanal fisheries, thereby contributing to a fair standard of living for local economies.

Sport and recreational fishing : for these activities, no more than one bluefin tuna shall be caught per vessel per day.

Any bluefin tuna landed shall be whole, gilled and/or gutted . Each Member State shall take the necessary measures to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, the release of bluefin tuna, especially juveniles , caught alive in the framework of sport and recreational fishing.

The marketing of bluefin tuna caught during sport and recreational fishing is prohibited.

ENTRY INTO FORCE: 06.10.2016.

2016/09/14
   CSL - Draft final act
Documents
2016/09/14
   CSL - Final act signed
2016/09/14
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2016/07/18
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after Parliament's 1st reading
2016/07/18
   CSL - Council Meeting
2016/07/14
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2016/06/23
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 524 votes to 25 with 37 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a multiannual recovery plan for Bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean repealing Regulation (EC) No 302/2009.

The matter had been sent back to the competent committee for re-examination at the sitting of 19.1.2016.

Parliament’s position adopted in first reading following the ordinary legislative procedure amended the Commission proposal as follows:

Allocation of fishing opportunities : Parliament stipulated that the recovery plan must take into account the specificities of the different types of gear and fishing techniques. When allocating the fishing opportunities available to them, Member States shall use transparent and objective criteria, including those of an environmental, social and economic nature . They shall also endeavour to:

distribute national quotas fairly among the various fleet segments giving consideration to traditional and artisanal fisheries, and provide incentives to Union fishing vessels deploying selective fishing gear or using fishing techniques with reduced environmental impact.

Conditions associated with management measures : the proposal stated that each Member State shall take the necessary measures to ensure that the fishing effort of its catching vessels and its traps are commensurate with the Bluefin tuna fishing opportunities available to that Member State in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Members stressed that the carrying -over of any unused quota shall be prohibited.

Minimum conservation reference size and incidental catches : the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas: (ICCAT) concept of minimum sizes should be transposed into Union law as minimum conservation reference sizes . Parliament replaced the concept of minimum sizes of Bluefin tuna by references to minimum conservation reference sizes. To recall, the minimum conservation reference size for Bluefin tuna caught in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean is 30 kg or 115 cm fork length.

Incidental catches of a maximum 5 % of Bluefin tuna weighing between 8 and 30 kg or with a fork length between 75 and 115 cm shall be allowed for all catching vessels and traps fishing actively for Bluefin tuna.

By-catch : each Member State shall make provision for by-catch of Bluefin tuna within its quota and shall inform the Commission thereof when transmitting its fishing plan. This provision shall ensure that all dead fish are deducted from the quota . Each Member State shall deduct all dead fish within the by-catch from its quota. Members also stated that dead Bluefin tuna shall be landed whole and unprocessed.

Use of aerial means : the use of any aerial means, including aircraft, helicopters or any types of unmanned aerial vehicles for searching for Bluefin tuna shall be prohibited.

Sport and recreational fisheries: the amended text stipulates that any Bluefin tuna landed shall be whole, gilled and/or gutted. Each Member State shall take the necessary measures to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, the release of Bluefin tuna, especially juveniles, caught alive in the framework of sport and recreational fishing.

Fishing authorisations for vessels : the flag Member State shall withdraw the fishing authorisation for Bluefin tuna and may require the vessel to proceed immediately to a port designated by it when the individual quota is deemed to be exhausted.

Landings: where Member States are authorised under applicable Union legislation to apply a shorter notification period than that referred to in the regulation, the estimated quantities of Bluefin tuna retained on board may be notified at the thus applicable time of notification prior to arrival. If the fishing grounds are less than four hours from the port, the estimated quantities of Bluefin tuna retained on board may be modified at any time prior to arrival.

Transhipment: transhipment at sea of Bluefin tuna in the Convention area shall be prohibited in all circumstances.

ICCAT regional observer programme: Member States shall ensure that an ICCAT regional observer is present during all transfers from one farm to another. ICCAT regional observers shall also observe that fishing and farming operations are in compliance with the relevant ICCAT conservation and management measures.

Entry into force : the Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Documents
2016/04/19
   EP - Approval in committee of the text agreed at 1st reading interinstitutional negotiations
2016/01/19
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2016/01/19
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted amendments to the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a multiannual recovery plan for Bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean repealing Regulation (EC) No 302/2009.

The matter was sent back for revision to the committee responsible and the vote on the resolution was postponed until a subsequent plenary sitting.

The main amendments adopted in plenary are as follows:

Subject matter and scope : Parliament sought to improve the scope of the Regulation by paying particular attention to non-industrial fishing activities and to the most artisanal and sustainable gear types, such as traditional traps ("almadrabas", "tonnare"), which contribute very positively to the rebuilding of tuna stocks, due to their high level of selectivity and low environmental impact in marine ecosystems, and which are valuable in scientific terms.

Fishing plans : in a new article, Parliament proposed that the annual fishing plan submitted by each Member State shall provide for an even breakdown of quotas among the gear groups in order to help ensure compliance with individual quotas and by-catch allowances. Member States shall use transparent and objective criteria for the national allocation of the quotas, giving special consideration to the preservation and prosperity of small-scale, artisanal and traditional fishermen using traps and other selective fishing methods, and to the encouragement of such methods.

Fishing capacity management plans : Members introduced a reference to the " tonnage corresponding gross tonnage" and stipulated that by way of derogation from the provisions in the Regulation, Member States shall review the Bluefin tuna fishing quota system , which penalises small-scale fishermen, for the purpose of removing the monopoly currently exercised by large vessel owners and encouraging more sustainable fishing systems such as those used for small-scale fishing.

Minimum conservation reference size, incidental catch, by catch : the Common Fisheries Policy basic Regulation introduces a landing obligation, in which the concept of minimum size, linked to the discard obligation applied up to the last reform, has no longer sense. Therefore, Members replaced the concept of ‘minimum size’ with that of ‘minimum conservation reference size’ . To recall, the minimum conservation reference size for Bluefin tuna caught in the eastern Atlantic and in the Mediterranean shall be 30 kg or 115 cm fork length.

Recreational and sport fishery : Parliament stipulated that any Bluefin tuna landed shall be whole, gilled and gutted . Each Member State shall take the necessary measures to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, the release of Bluefin tuna caught alive, especially juveniles, in the framework of recreational and sport fishing.

Fishing authorisations for vessels : an amendment specified that the fishing authorisation for Bluefin tuna and may require the vessel to proceed immediately to a port designated by it when the individual quota is deemed to be exhausted.

Landings : the proposal provides that the estimated quantities of Bluefin tuna retained on board may be notified at the agreed time of notification prior to arrival. If the fishing grounds are le ss than four hours from the port , the estimated quantities of Bluefin tuna retained on board may be modified at any time prior to arrival.

ICCAT Regional Observer Programme : Member States shall also ensure that an ICCAT regional observer is present during all transfers from one farm to another. ICCAT regional observers shall also be tasked to observe and monitor fishing and farming operations in compliance with the relevant ICCAT conservation and management measures.

Delegated acts : references to the exercise of the delegation for future amendments of the recovery plan have been deleted throughout the text. Parliament stressed that the transposition of the Regional Fisheries Management Organisations’ (RFMO) Recommendations has to remain a joint European Parliament and Council competence under the ordinary procedure (co-decision).

Entry into force : Parliament proposed to change the entry into force to the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (as opposed to the third as proposed by the Commission).

Documents
2016/01/19
   EP - Matter referred back to the committee responsible
2016/01/18
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2015/12/15
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading
Details

The Committee on Fisheries adopted the report by Gabriel MATO (EPP, ES) on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a multiannual recovery plan for Bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean repealing Regulation (EC) No 302/2009.

The committee recommended that the European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading following the ordinary legislative procedure should amend the Commission proposal as follows:

Subject matter and scope : the amended text seeks to enhance the scope of the Regulation by giving support and particular attention to long-established traditional and artisanal fishing gear such as traps (‘almadrabas’) which have a low impact on marine ecosystems thanks to their low energy consumption and high degree of selectivity. In addition, Member States shall ensure safeguards as regards the socio-economic viability of its traps.

Fishing plans : in a new article, the committee proposed that the annual fishing plan submitted by each Member State shall provide for an even breakdown of quotas among the gear groups in order to help ensure compliance with individual quotas and by-catch allowances. Member States shall use transparent and objective criteria for the national allocation of the quotas, giving special consideration to the preservation and prosperity of small-scale, artisanal and traditional fishermen using traps and other selective fishing methods, and to the encouragement of such methods.

Minimum conservation reference size, incidental catch, by catch : the Common Fisheries Policy basic Regulation introduces a landing obligation, in which the concept of minimum size, linked to the discard obligation applied up to the last reform, has no longer sense. Therefore, the amended text replaces the concept of ‘minimum size’ with that of minimum conservation reference size’. To recall, the minimum conservation reference size for Bluefin tuna caught in the eastern Atlantic and in the Mediterranean shall be 30 kg or 115 cm fork length.

Recreational and sport fishery : the committee report stipulated that any Bluefin tuna landed shall be whole, gilled and gutted. Each Member State shall take the necessary measures to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, the release of Bluefin tuna caught alive, especially juveniles, in the framework of recreational and sport fishing.

Fishing authorisations for vessels : the fishing authorisation for Bluefin tuna and shall require the vessel to proceed immediately to a port designated by it when the individual quota is deemed to be exhausted.

The flag Member State shall withdraw the fishing authorisation for Bluefin tuna and may require the vessel to proceed immediately to a port designated by it when the individual quota is deemed to be exhausted

Landings : the amended text specified that the estimated quantities of Bluefin tuna retained on board may be notified at the agreed time of notification prior to arrival. If the fishing grounds are le ss than four hours from the port , the estimated quantities of Bluefin tuna retained on board may be modified at any time prior to arrival.

ICCAT Regional Observer Programme : Member States shall also ensure that an ICCAT regional observer is present during all transfers from one farm to another. ICCAT regional observers shall also be tasked to observe and monitor fishing and farming operations in compliance with the relevant ICCAT conservation and management measures.

Entry into force : the committee proposed to change the entry into force to the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (as opposed to the third as proposed by the Commission).

Delegated acts : references to the exercise of the delegation for future amendments of the recovery plan have been deleted throughout the text. Members stressed that the transposition of the Regional Fisheries Management Organisations’ (RFMO) Recommendations has to remain a joint European Parliament and Council competence under the ordinary procedure (co-decision).

Documents
2015/12/10
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading
2015/11/17
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2015/10/15
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2015/07/01
   ESC - Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report
Documents
2015/05/06
   EP - MATO Gabriel (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in PECH
2015/04/30
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading
2015/04/24
   EC - Legislative proposal
Details

PURPOSE: to transpose into Union law measures of the multiannual Bluefin Tuna (BFT) recovery plan in the Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean adopted by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).

PROPOSED ACT: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council.

BACKGROUND: the objective of the Common Fisheries Policy, as set out in Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 is to ensure exploitation of living aquatic resources that provides sustainable economic, environmental and social conditions.

The Union is Party to the ICCAT, the Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (RFMO) responsible for the management of tuna and tuna-like species in the Atlantic Ocean and adjoining seas to which the Union is a Contracting Party.

The ICCAT has the authority to adopt decisions (“recommendations”) for fisheries conservation and management in its area of competence; these acts are binding.

Certain ICCAT BFT measures were transposed through Regulation (EU) No 544/2014 which amended Council Regulation (EC) No 302/2009 . The purpose of that amendment was to transpose the measures on fishing seasons adopted by ICCAT in 2012 and 2013.

With a view to ensure uniform and effective application throughout the European Union of all measures of the Recovery plan adopted between 2012 and 2014, the current proposal will incorporate them into a Regulation concerning a multiannual recovery plan for BFT in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean. This Regulation will repeal Council Regulation (EC) No 302/2009.

CONTENT: the objective of the proposed Regulation, in line with the Recovery plan, is to achieve a biomass corresponding to the maximum sustainable yield by 2022 with at least 60% probability.

The proposal aims at transposing into Union law measures of the multiannual Bluefin Tuna (BFT) recovery plan in the Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean adopted by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) at its annual meetings between 2012 and 2014. It contains technical measures such as those on transfer and caging operations of live BFT, including also measures on the use of stereoscopic cameras to estimate the quantities of BFT and releases, catch reporting requirements, and the implementation of the ICCAT Regional Observer Programme.

The new Regulation on the CFP introduced a landing obligation which applies as of 1 January 2015 to Bluefin tuna. Under that Regulation, the Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts, for the purpose of implementing such international obligations into Union law, including, in particular, derogations from the landing obligation.

Accordingly, the discard of bluefin tuna will be allowed in some situations laid down in Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 2015/98 . This Regulation d oes therefore not need to cover such discard obligations .

DELEGATED ACT: the proposal contains provisions to empower the Commission to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

Documents

Activities

Votes

A8-0367/2015 - Gabriel Mato - Am 41 #

2016/01/19 Outcome: +: 614, 0: 72, -: 11
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AmendmentsDossier
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2015/11/17 PECH 50 amendments...
source: 569.853

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  • date: 2016-09-14T00:00:00 docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=ADV&RESULTSET=1&DOC_ID=[%n4]%2F16&DOC_LANCD=EN&ROWSPP=25&NRROWS=500&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC title: 00014/2016/LEX type: Draft final act body: CSL
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  • date: 2015-04-24T00:00:00 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2015/0180/COM_COM(2015)0180_EN.pdf title: COM(2015)0180 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2015&nu_doc=0180 title: EUR-Lex summary: PURPOSE: to transpose into Union law measures of the multiannual Bluefin Tuna (BFT) recovery plan in the Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean adopted by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). PROPOSED ACT: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council. ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council. BACKGROUND: the objective of the Common Fisheries Policy, as set out in Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 is to ensure exploitation of living aquatic resources that provides sustainable economic, environmental and social conditions. The Union is Party to the ICCAT, the Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (RFMO) responsible for the management of tuna and tuna-like species in the Atlantic Ocean and adjoining seas to which the Union is a Contracting Party. The ICCAT has the authority to adopt decisions (“recommendations”) for fisheries conservation and management in its area of competence; these acts are binding. Certain ICCAT BFT measures were transposed through Regulation (EU) No 544/2014 which amended Council Regulation (EC) No 302/2009 . The purpose of that amendment was to transpose the measures on fishing seasons adopted by ICCAT in 2012 and 2013. With a view to ensure uniform and effective application throughout the European Union of all measures of the Recovery plan adopted between 2012 and 2014, the current proposal will incorporate them into a Regulation concerning a multiannual recovery plan for BFT in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean. This Regulation will repeal Council Regulation (EC) No 302/2009. CONTENT: the objective of the proposed Regulation, in line with the Recovery plan, is to achieve a biomass corresponding to the maximum sustainable yield by 2022 with at least 60% probability. The proposal aims at transposing into Union law measures of the multiannual Bluefin Tuna (BFT) recovery plan in the Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean adopted by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) at its annual meetings between 2012 and 2014. It contains technical measures such as those on transfer and caging operations of live BFT, including also measures on the use of stereoscopic cameras to estimate the quantities of BFT and releases, catch reporting requirements, and the implementation of the ICCAT Regional Observer Programme. The new Regulation on the CFP introduced a landing obligation which applies as of 1 January 2015 to Bluefin tuna. Under that Regulation, the Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts, for the purpose of implementing such international obligations into Union law, including, in particular, derogations from the landing obligation. Accordingly, the discard of bluefin tuna will be allowed in some situations laid down in Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 2015/98 . This Regulation d oes therefore not need to cover such discard obligations . DELEGATED ACT: the proposal contains provisions to empower the Commission to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
  • date: 2015-04-30T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2015-12-10T00:00:00 type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2015-12-15T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A8-2015-0367&language=EN title: A8-0367/2015 summary: The Committee on Fisheries adopted the report by Gabriel MATO (EPP, ES) on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a multiannual recovery plan for Bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean repealing Regulation (EC) No 302/2009. The committee recommended that the European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading following the ordinary legislative procedure should amend the Commission proposal as follows: Subject matter and scope : the amended text seeks to enhance the scope of the Regulation by giving support and particular attention to long-established traditional and artisanal fishing gear such as traps (‘almadrabas’) which have a low impact on marine ecosystems thanks to their low energy consumption and high degree of selectivity. In addition, Member States shall ensure safeguards as regards the socio-economic viability of its traps. Fishing plans : in a new article, the committee proposed that the annual fishing plan submitted by each Member State shall provide for an even breakdown of quotas among the gear groups in order to help ensure compliance with individual quotas and by-catch allowances. Member States shall use transparent and objective criteria for the national allocation of the quotas, giving special consideration to the preservation and prosperity of small-scale, artisanal and traditional fishermen using traps and other selective fishing methods, and to the encouragement of such methods. Minimum conservation reference size, incidental catch, by catch : the Common Fisheries Policy basic Regulation introduces a landing obligation, in which the concept of minimum size, linked to the discard obligation applied up to the last reform, has no longer sense. Therefore, the amended text replaces the concept of ‘minimum size’ with that of minimum conservation reference size’. To recall, the minimum conservation reference size for Bluefin tuna caught in the eastern Atlantic and in the Mediterranean shall be 30 kg or 115 cm fork length. Recreational and sport fishery : the committee report stipulated that any Bluefin tuna landed shall be whole, gilled and gutted. Each Member State shall take the necessary measures to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, the release of Bluefin tuna caught alive, especially juveniles, in the framework of recreational and sport fishing. Fishing authorisations for vessels : the fishing authorisation for Bluefin tuna and shall require the vessel to proceed immediately to a port designated by it when the individual quota is deemed to be exhausted. The flag Member State shall withdraw the fishing authorisation for Bluefin tuna and may require the vessel to proceed immediately to a port designated by it when the individual quota is deemed to be exhausted Landings : the amended text specified that the estimated quantities of Bluefin tuna retained on board may be notified at the agreed time of notification prior to arrival. If the fishing grounds are le ss than four hours from the port , the estimated quantities of Bluefin tuna retained on board may be modified at any time prior to arrival. ICCAT Regional Observer Programme : Member States shall also ensure that an ICCAT regional observer is present during all transfers from one farm to another. ICCAT regional observers shall also be tasked to observe and monitor fishing and farming operations in compliance with the relevant ICCAT conservation and management measures. Entry into force : the committee proposed to change the entry into force to the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (as opposed to the third as proposed by the Commission). Delegated acts : references to the exercise of the delegation for future amendments of the recovery plan have been deleted throughout the text. Members stressed that the transposition of the Regional Fisheries Management Organisations’ (RFMO) Recommendations has to remain a joint European Parliament and Council competence under the ordinary procedure (co-decision).
  • date: 2016-01-18T00:00:00 type: Debate in Parliament body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20160118&type=CRE title: Debate in Parliament
  • date: 2016-01-19T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=26515&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2016-01-19T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P8-TA-2016-0003 title: T8-0003/2016 summary: The European Parliament adopted amendments to the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a multiannual recovery plan for Bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean repealing Regulation (EC) No 302/2009. The matter was sent back for revision to the committee responsible and the vote on the resolution was postponed until a subsequent plenary sitting. The main amendments adopted in plenary are as follows: Subject matter and scope : Parliament sought to improve the scope of the Regulation by paying particular attention to non-industrial fishing activities and to the most artisanal and sustainable gear types, such as traditional traps ("almadrabas", "tonnare"), which contribute very positively to the rebuilding of tuna stocks, due to their high level of selectivity and low environmental impact in marine ecosystems, and which are valuable in scientific terms. Fishing plans : in a new article, Parliament proposed that the annual fishing plan submitted by each Member State shall provide for an even breakdown of quotas among the gear groups in order to help ensure compliance with individual quotas and by-catch allowances. Member States shall use transparent and objective criteria for the national allocation of the quotas, giving special consideration to the preservation and prosperity of small-scale, artisanal and traditional fishermen using traps and other selective fishing methods, and to the encouragement of such methods. Fishing capacity management plans : Members introduced a reference to the " tonnage corresponding gross tonnage" and stipulated that by way of derogation from the provisions in the Regulation, Member States shall review the Bluefin tuna fishing quota system , which penalises small-scale fishermen, for the purpose of removing the monopoly currently exercised by large vessel owners and encouraging more sustainable fishing systems such as those used for small-scale fishing. Minimum conservation reference size, incidental catch, by catch : the Common Fisheries Policy basic Regulation introduces a landing obligation, in which the concept of minimum size, linked to the discard obligation applied up to the last reform, has no longer sense. Therefore, Members replaced the concept of ‘minimum size’ with that of ‘minimum conservation reference size’ . To recall, the minimum conservation reference size for Bluefin tuna caught in the eastern Atlantic and in the Mediterranean shall be 30 kg or 115 cm fork length. Recreational and sport fishery : Parliament stipulated that any Bluefin tuna landed shall be whole, gilled and gutted . Each Member State shall take the necessary measures to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, the release of Bluefin tuna caught alive, especially juveniles, in the framework of recreational and sport fishing. Fishing authorisations for vessels : an amendment specified that the fishing authorisation for Bluefin tuna and may require the vessel to proceed immediately to a port designated by it when the individual quota is deemed to be exhausted. Landings : the proposal provides that the estimated quantities of Bluefin tuna retained on board may be notified at the agreed time of notification prior to arrival. If the fishing grounds are le ss than four hours from the port , the estimated quantities of Bluefin tuna retained on board may be modified at any time prior to arrival. ICCAT Regional Observer Programme : Member States shall also ensure that an ICCAT regional observer is present during all transfers from one farm to another. ICCAT regional observers shall also be tasked to observe and monitor fishing and farming operations in compliance with the relevant ICCAT conservation and management measures. Delegated acts : references to the exercise of the delegation for future amendments of the recovery plan have been deleted throughout the text. Parliament stressed that the transposition of the Regional Fisheries Management Organisations’ (RFMO) Recommendations has to remain a joint European Parliament and Council competence under the ordinary procedure (co-decision). Entry into force : Parliament proposed to change the entry into force to the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (as opposed to the third as proposed by the Commission).
  • date: 2016-01-19T00:00:00 type: Matter referred back to the committee responsible body: EP
  • date: 2016-04-19T00:00:00 type: Approval in committee of the text agreed at 1st reading interinstitutional negotiations body: EP
  • date: 2016-06-23T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P8-TA-2016-0286 title: T8-0286/2016 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 524 votes to 25 with 37 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a multiannual recovery plan for Bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean repealing Regulation (EC) No 302/2009. The matter had been sent back to the competent committee for re-examination at the sitting of 19.1.2016. Parliament’s position adopted in first reading following the ordinary legislative procedure amended the Commission proposal as follows: Allocation of fishing opportunities : Parliament stipulated that the recovery plan must take into account the specificities of the different types of gear and fishing techniques. When allocating the fishing opportunities available to them, Member States shall use transparent and objective criteria, including those of an environmental, social and economic nature . They shall also endeavour to: distribute national quotas fairly among the various fleet segments giving consideration to traditional and artisanal fisheries, and provide incentives to Union fishing vessels deploying selective fishing gear or using fishing techniques with reduced environmental impact. Conditions associated with management measures : the proposal stated that each Member State shall take the necessary measures to ensure that the fishing effort of its catching vessels and its traps are commensurate with the Bluefin tuna fishing opportunities available to that Member State in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Members stressed that the carrying -over of any unused quota shall be prohibited. Minimum conservation reference size and incidental catches : the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas: (ICCAT) concept of minimum sizes should be transposed into Union law as minimum conservation reference sizes . Parliament replaced the concept of minimum sizes of Bluefin tuna by references to minimum conservation reference sizes. To recall, the minimum conservation reference size for Bluefin tuna caught in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean is 30 kg or 115 cm fork length. Incidental catches of a maximum 5 % of Bluefin tuna weighing between 8 and 30 kg or with a fork length between 75 and 115 cm shall be allowed for all catching vessels and traps fishing actively for Bluefin tuna. By-catch : each Member State shall make provision for by-catch of Bluefin tuna within its quota and shall inform the Commission thereof when transmitting its fishing plan. This provision shall ensure that all dead fish are deducted from the quota . Each Member State shall deduct all dead fish within the by-catch from its quota. Members also stated that dead Bluefin tuna shall be landed whole and unprocessed. Use of aerial means : the use of any aerial means, including aircraft, helicopters or any types of unmanned aerial vehicles for searching for Bluefin tuna shall be prohibited. Sport and recreational fisheries: the amended text stipulates that any Bluefin tuna landed shall be whole, gilled and/or gutted. Each Member State shall take the necessary measures to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, the release of Bluefin tuna, especially juveniles, caught alive in the framework of sport and recreational fishing. Fishing authorisations for vessels : the flag Member State shall withdraw the fishing authorisation for Bluefin tuna and may require the vessel to proceed immediately to a port designated by it when the individual quota is deemed to be exhausted. Landings: where Member States are authorised under applicable Union legislation to apply a shorter notification period than that referred to in the regulation, the estimated quantities of Bluefin tuna retained on board may be notified at the thus applicable time of notification prior to arrival. If the fishing grounds are less than four hours from the port, the estimated quantities of Bluefin tuna retained on board may be modified at any time prior to arrival. Transhipment: transhipment at sea of Bluefin tuna in the Convention area shall be prohibited in all circumstances. ICCAT regional observer programme: Member States shall ensure that an ICCAT regional observer is present during all transfers from one farm to another. ICCAT regional observers shall also observe that fishing and farming operations are in compliance with the relevant ICCAT conservation and management measures. Entry into force : the Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.
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  • date: 2016-09-16T00:00:00 type: Final act published in Official Journal summary: PURPOSE: to update the multiannual recovery plan for bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean. LEGISLATIVE ACT: Regulation (EU) 2016/1627 of the European Parliament and of the Council on a multiannual recovery plan for bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean, and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 302/2009 CONTENT: the new Regulation improves the multiannual recovery plan for bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean currently in force. The recovery plan applies from 2007 to 2022 . It was recommended by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (‘ICCAT’), an inter-governmental fishery organisation responsible for the conservation of tunas and tuna-like species in the Atlantic Ocean and its adjacent seas. The EU is a contracting party to ICCAT. The objective of the Regulation is to achieve a biomass of bluefin tuna corresponding to the maximum sustainable yield by 2022 with at least a 60 % probability of achieving that objective. Implementation of the plan : the Regulation transposes into Union law measures adopted by ICCAT in 2012, 2013 and 2014, these being: Recommendation 12-03 which sets up: (i) technical measures concerning the transfer and caging operations of live bluefin tuna; (ii) new catch reporting requirements; (iii) the implementation of the ICCAT regional observer programme and (iv) changes of the fishing seasons; Recommendation 13-07 and 13-08 which (i) introduces small changes on fishing seasons which do not affect the Union fleet; (ii) sets up a common procedure for the use of stereoscopical camera systems to estimate the quantities of bluefin tuna at the point of caging and (iii) introduces a flexible starting date for the fishing season of baitboats and trolling boats in the eastern Atlantic; Recommendation 14-04 , which (i) rationalises some of the existing control provisions; (ii) specifies the procedures for the use of stereoscopic camera at the point of caging; (iii) introduces measures specific to release operations and the treatment of dead fish in the recovery plan. Gear and fishing techniques : the recovery plan takes into account the specificities of the different types of gear and fishing techniques. When implementing the recovery plan, the Union and Member States will endeavour to promote coastal fishing activities and the use of fishing gear and techniques which are selective and have a reduced environmental impact , including gear and techniques used in traditional and artisanal fisheries, thereby contributing to a fair standard of living for local economies. Sport and recreational fishing : for these activities, no more than one bluefin tuna shall be caught per vessel per day. Any bluefin tuna landed shall be whole, gilled and/or gutted . Each Member State shall take the necessary measures to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, the release of bluefin tuna, especially juveniles , caught alive in the framework of sport and recreational fishing. The marketing of bluefin tuna caught during sport and recreational fishing is prohibited. ENTRY INTO FORCE: 06.10.2016. docs: title: Regulation 2016/1627 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32016R1627 title: OJ L 252 16.09.2016, p. 0001 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2016:252:TOC
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  • The European Parliament adopted by 524 votes to 25 with 37 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a multiannual recovery plan for Bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean repealing Regulation (EC) No 302/2009.

    The matter had been sent back to the competent committee for re-examination at the sitting of 19.1.2016.

    Parliament’s position adopted in first reading following the ordinary legislative procedure amended the Commission proposal as follows:

    Allocation of fishing opportunities: Parliament stipulated that the recovery plan must take into account the specificities of the different types of gear and fishing techniques. When allocating the fishing opportunities available to them, Member States shall use transparent and objective criteria, including those of an environmental, social and economic nature. They shall also endeavour to:

    • distribute national quotas fairly among the various fleet segments giving consideration to traditional and artisanal fisheries, and
    • provide incentives to Union fishing vessels deploying selective fishing gear or using fishing techniques with reduced environmental impact.

    Conditions associated with management measures: the proposal stated that each Member State shall take the necessary measures to ensure that the fishing effort of its catching vessels and its traps are commensurate with the Bluefin tuna fishing opportunities available to that Member State in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Members stressed that the carrying -over of any unused quota shall be prohibited.

    Minimum conservation reference size and incidental catches: the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas: (ICCAT) concept of minimum sizes should be transposed into Union law as minimum conservation reference sizes. Parliament replaced the concept of minimum sizes of Bluefin tuna by references to minimum conservation reference sizes. To recall, the minimum conservation reference size for Bluefin tuna caught in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean is 30 kg or 115 cm fork length.

    Incidental catches of a maximum 5 % of Bluefin tuna weighing between 8 and 30 kg or with a fork length between 75 and 115 cm shall be allowed for all catching vessels and traps fishing actively for Bluefin tuna.

    By-catch: each Member State shall make provision for by-catch of Bluefin tuna within its quota and shall inform the Commission thereof when transmitting its fishing plan. This provision shall ensure that all dead fish are deducted from the quota. Each Member State shall deduct all dead fish within the by-catch from its quota. Members also stated that dead Bluefin tuna shall be landed whole and unprocessed.

    Use of aerial means: the use of any aerial means, including aircraft, helicopters or any types of unmanned aerial vehicles for searching for Bluefin tuna shall be prohibited.

    Sport and recreational fisheries: the amended text stipulates that any Bluefin tuna landed shall be whole, gilled and/or gutted. Each Member State shall take the necessary measures to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, the release of Bluefin tuna, especially juveniles, caught alive in the framework of sport and recreational fishing.

    Fishing authorisations for vessels: the flag Member State shall withdraw the fishing authorisation for Bluefin tuna and may require the vessel to proceed immediately to a port designated by it when the individual quota is deemed to be exhausted.

    Landings: where Member States are authorised under applicable Union legislation to apply a shorter notification period than that referred to in the regulation, the estimated quantities of Bluefin tuna retained on board may be notified at the thus applicable time of notification prior to arrival. If the fishing grounds are less than four hours from the port, the estimated quantities of Bluefin tuna retained on board may be modified at any time prior to arrival.

    Transhipment: transhipment at sea of Bluefin tuna in the Convention area shall be prohibited in all circumstances.

    ICCAT regional observer programme: Member States shall ensure that an ICCAT regional observer is present during all transfers from one farm to another. ICCAT regional observers shall also observe that fishing and farming operations are in compliance with the relevant ICCAT conservation and management measures.

    Entry into force: the Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

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  • The Committee on Fisheries adopted the report by Gabriel MATO (EPP, ES) on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a multiannual recovery plan for Bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean repealing Regulation (EC) No 302/2009.

    The committee recommended that the European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading following the ordinary legislative procedure should amend the Commission proposal as follows:

    Subject matter and scope: the amended text seeks to enhance the scope of the Regulation by giving support and particular attention to long-established traditional and artisanal fishing gear such as traps (‘almadrabas’) which have a low impact on marine ecosystems thanks to their low energy consumption and high degree of selectivity. In addition, Member States shall ensure safeguards as regards the socio-economic viability of its traps.

    Fishing plans: in a new article, the committee proposed that the annual fishing plan submitted by each Member State shall provide for an even breakdown of quotas among the gear groups in order to help ensure compliance with individual quotas and by-catch allowances. Member States shall use transparent and objective criteria for the national allocation of the quotas, giving special consideration to the preservation and prosperity of small-scale, artisanal and traditional fishermen using traps and other selective fishing methods, and to the encouragement of such methods.

    Minimum conservation reference size, incidental catch, by catch: the Common Fisheries Policy basic Regulation introduces a landing obligation, in which the concept of minimum size, linked to the discard obligation applied up to the last reform, has no longer sense. Therefore, the amended text replaces the concept of ‘minimum size’ with that of minimum conservation reference size’. To recall, the minimum conservation reference size for Bluefin tuna caught in the eastern Atlantic and in the Mediterranean shall be 30 kg or 115 cm fork length.

    Recreational and sport fishery: the committee report stipulated that any Bluefin tuna landed shall be whole, gilled and gutted. Each Member State shall take the necessary measures to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, the release of Bluefin tuna caught alive, especially juveniles, in the framework of recreational and sport fishing.

    Fishing authorisations for vessels: the fishing authorisation for Bluefin tuna and shall require the vessel to proceed immediately to a port designated by it when the individual quota is deemed to be exhausted.

    The flag Member State shall withdraw the fishing authorisation for Bluefin tuna and may require the vessel to proceed immediately to a port designated by it when the individual quota is deemed to be exhausted

    Landings: the amended text specified that the estimated quantities of Bluefin tuna retained on board may be notified at the agreed time of notification prior to arrival. If the fishing grounds are less than four hours from the port, the estimated quantities of Bluefin tuna retained on board may be modified at any time prior to arrival.

    ICCAT Regional Observer Programme: Member States shall also ensure that an ICCAT regional observer is present during all transfers from one farm to another. ICCAT regional observers shall also be tasked to observe and monitor fishing and farming operations in compliance with the relevant ICCAT conservation and management measures.

    Entry into force: the committee proposed to change the entry into force to the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (as opposed to the third as proposed by the Commission).

    Delegated acts: references to the exercise of the delegation for future amendments of the recovery plan have been deleted throughout the text. Members stressed that the transposition of the Regional Fisheries Management Organisations’ (RFMO) Recommendations has to remain a joint European Parliament and Council competence under the ordinary procedure (co-decision).

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  • PURPOSE: to transpose into Union law measures of the multiannual Bluefin Tuna (BFT) recovery plan in the Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean adopted by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).

    PROPOSED ACT: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council.

    ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council.

    BACKGROUND: the objective of the Common Fisheries Policy, as set out in Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 is to ensure exploitation of living aquatic resources that provides sustainable economic, environmental and social conditions.

    The Union is Party to the ICCAT, the Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (RFMO) responsible for the management of tuna and tuna-like species in the Atlantic Ocean and adjoining seas to which the Union is a Contracting Party.

    The ICCAT has the authority to adopt decisions (“recommendations”) for fisheries conservation and management in its area of competence; these acts are binding.

    Certain ICCAT BFT measures were transposed through Regulation (EU) No 544/2014 which amended Council Regulation (EC) No 302/2009. The purpose of that amendment was to transpose the measures on fishing seasons adopted by ICCAT in 2012 and 2013.

    With a view to ensure uniform and effective application throughout the European Union of all measures of the Recovery plan adopted between 2012 and 2014, the current proposal will incorporate them into a Regulation concerning a multiannual recovery plan for BFT in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean. This Regulation will repeal Council Regulation (EC) No 302/2009.

    CONTENT: the objective of the proposed Regulation, in line with the Recovery plan, is to achieve a biomass corresponding to the maximum sustainable yield by 2022 with at least 60% probability.

    The proposal aims at transposing into Union law measures of the multiannual Bluefin Tuna (BFT) recovery plan in the Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean adopted by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) at its annual meetings between 2012 and 2014. It contains technical measures such as those on transfer and caging operations of live BFT, including also measures on the use of stereoscopic cameras to estimate the quantities of BFT and releases, catch reporting requirements, and the implementation of the ICCAT Regional Observer Programme.

    The new Regulation on the CFP introduced a landing obligation which applies as of 1 January 2015 to Bluefin tuna. Under that Regulation, the Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts, for the purpose of implementing such international obligations into Union law, including, in particular, derogations from the landing obligation.

    Accordingly, the discard of bluefin tuna will be allowed in some situations laid down in Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 2015/98. This Regulation does therefore not need to cover such discard obligations.

    DELEGATED ACT: the proposal contains provisions to empower the Commission to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

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