2016/0187(COD)

International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT): management, conservation and control measures applicable in the Convention Area

Provisional agreement between Parliament and Council on final act

2016/0187(COD) International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT): management, conservation and control measures applicable in the Convention Area
RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Opinion ENVI BRIANO Renata (S&D)
Lead PECH MATO Gabriel (EPP) THOMAS Isabelle (S&D), TOMAŠIĆ Ruža (ECR), BILBAO BARANDICA Izaskun (ALDE), FERREIRA João (GUE/NGL), ENGSTRÖM Linnéa (Verts/ALE)
Lead committee dossier: PECH/8/06876
Legal Basis TFEU TFEU 043-p2
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Activites

  • 2017/10/03 Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
    • T8-0363/2017 summary
  • 2017/10/02 Debate in Parliament
  • 2017/06/21 Approval in committee of the text agreed at 1st reading interinstitutional negotiations
  • 2017/04/27 Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
    • A8-0173/2017 summary
    • ENVI BRIANO Renata S&D
    • PECH PECH/8/06876 MATO Gabriel EPP
  • 2017/04/25 Committee decision to open interinstitutional negotiations with report adopted in committee
  • 2017/04/25 Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2016/06/22 Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2016/06/17 Legislative proposal published
    • COM(2016)0401 summary
    • DG {u'url': u'http://ec.europa.eu/info/departments/maritime-affairs-and-fisheries_en', u'title': u'Maritime Affairs and Fisheries'}, VELLA Karmenu

Documents

Votes

A8-0173/2017 - Gabriel Mato - Am 34

2017/10/03
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 590 67 51 4 19 47 9 191 157 45 0
Against 72 0 2 33 5 0 2 7 23 0 0
Abstain 16 0 0 1 12 0 3 0 0 0 0
AmendmentsDossier
136 2016/0187(COD) International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT): management, conservation and control measures applicable in the Convention Area
2017/01/30 ENVI 23 amendments...
source: PE-592.057
2017/02/02 PECH, PECH 22 amendments...
source: PE-594.038
2017/02/06 PECH, PECH 22 amendments...
source: PE-594.038
2017/03/01 ENVI 53 amendments...
source: PE-599.886
2017/03/07 PECH 16 amendments...
source: PE-599.578

History

(these mark the time of scraping, not the official date of the change)

2017-10-13
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  • The European Parliament adopted by 590 votes to 72, with 10 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down management, conservation and control measures applicable in the Convention Area of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) and amending Council Regulations (EC) No 1936/2001, (EC) No 1984/2003 and (EC) No 520/2007.

    Scope of the Regulation: Parliament clarified that the Regulation should also apply to third country fishing vessels.

    Moreover, the measures provided for in the Regulation should apply in addition to those laid down in Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009 on controls and Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008 on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU regulation).

    Implementation of ICCAT recommendations: the amended text clarified that when implementing those recommendations, the Union and Member States should 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.

    Management plans for North Atlantic swordfish: Members clarified that management plans should be submitted by the Member States to which a quota has been allocated.

    Blue marlin and white marlin: the amended text provided that, when their quota is being approached, Member States shall ensure that vessels flying their flag release all blue marlin and white marlin that are alive by the time of boarding.

    When a Member State has exhausted its quota, it shall ensure that the landings of blue marlin and white marlin that are dead when brought alongside the vessel are not sold or entered into commerce. Such landings shall not count against that Member State’s catch limits, provided that such prohibition is clearly explained in the annual report referred to in the Regulation.

    For the recreational fisheries of blue marlin and white marlin, a minimum conservation size of 251 cm and 168 cm lower jaw fork length shall apply respectively.

    Breakdown of fishing opportunities for bluefin tuna and swordfish between Member States: the general principle should be that when allocating fishing opportunities for bluefin tuna and swordfish stocks available to them, Member States shall use transparent and objective criteria, including those of an environmental, social and economic nature.

    In addition, they shall: (i) endeavour to distribute national quotas fairly among the various fleet segments giving special consideration to traditional and artisanal fishing; (ii) provide incentives to Union fishing vessels deploying selective fishing gear or using fishing techniques with reduced environmental impact.

    Declaration by the European Parliament: the legislative resolution is accompanied by a declaration in which the European Parliament expresses its concern that the Commission is proposing to implement, in 2017, ICCAT Recommendations that date back to 2008.

    Apart from the fact that this is challengeable before the Court of Justice, Parliament considered that this leads to legal uncertainty for operators and a situation in which the institutions are about to adopt ICCAT recommendations that are obsolete and outdated.

    The European Parliament therefore urged the Commission to forward any future proposal for transposition of Recommendations from regional fisheries management organisations within a maximum of six months from the date of their adoption.

    While welcoming the recommendation of ICCAT establishing a multi-annual recovery plan for Mediterranean swordfish, Parliament stressed that this plan would only be successful if efforts were made by neighbouring third countries to efficiently manage this species.

    Lastly, it stressed that quotas have to be distributed fairly among operators, taking into account production values and turnover. Quotas illegally fished by driftnets should not count towards the calculation of historic catches and rights.

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