12/19/12, "Evidence-based fish quotas backed," MSN UK
""With 13 votes in favour of the reform package, 10 votes against and 2
abstentions in committee today, the
victory was a narrow one and there
is still a lot of work to do..."...MEPs coincidentally were voting on sweeping CFP reform plans....The MEPs' voting session on the CFP
lasted four hours and involved 3,000 amendments to the commission's
European Parliament measures would begin in 2014.
12/18/12, "EU politicians back science-based fisheries," Nature News Blog, Daniel Cressey
experts were celebrating today after European
politicians advanced and strengthened a major scientific reform of
Members of the European Parliament’s fisheries committee voted
through a series of reforms including a ban on discards — the practice
of throwing back unwanted and often dead or dying fish — and an
insistence that the levels for fish catches should be set on the basis
of scientific advice.
Greenpeace’s fisheries expert Saskia Richartz called the vote “a
turning point after decades of complacency”, and the
Seas At Risk
pressure group declared that “Christmas has come early this year for
European fish stocks”.
Initial proposals from the European Commission for reform of the ‘common fisheries policy’ (CFP) in 2011 were given a cautious welcome.
But campaigners were disappointed earlier this year when ministers from
member-state governments agreed a set of proposals that some scientists
and campaign groups believed would not protect vulnerable species.
today’s vote the whole European Parliament must agree on its
proposals for a new CFP, which it will then debate with the ministers
until a compromise agreement is reached.
now, however, the mood seems jubilant in Brussels. After the
vote, Member of European Parliament Chris Davies, founder of the
pro-reform Fish for the Future group and a member of the fisheries
committee, tweeted that he was “going to stand in front of a mirror
so that I can look at the grin on my face”."
"Under the Lisbon Treaty MEPs now help to shape EU laws in the area of agriculture and fisheries."
12/19/12, "Fisheries reforms: MEPs back plan to protect stocks," BBC
"The changes to the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) propose obliging
trawlers to land all catches in accordance with a calendar for each
species, starting in 2014. In addition, undersized fish in the catch
would be banned from sale for human consumption.
Mr Stevenson said the reforms should also include funding to
help trawlers install more ecological equipment, especially new nets, to
minimise unwanted catches.
Fishing crews would still be able to discard some species
that have a high survivability rate, like prawns and crabs, up to a 5%
limit in the catch, he said.
The MEPs objected to the Commission's call for transferable
concessions - the idea that fleets could trade their catch quotas within
a nation over long periods. However, Mr Stevenson said
"may introduce a system of temporary transfers, similar to what happens
at present, if they wish, within their own zones"....
MEPs' plan for the CFP builds on reforms proposed by the
Commission last year. The amended
plan is expected to be put to a vote
in the full European Parliament in February, so that the new CFP can
take effect in 2014.
Under the Lisbon Treaty MEPs now help to shape EU laws in the area of agriculture and fisheries."