MEPs back first EU management plan for fish stocks in the Western Mediterranean

Fish stocks


This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament.

A plan to manage fishing efforts and preserve stocks in the Western Mediterranean Sea for demersal species was approved by MEPs on Thursday.

The new plan covering demersal fish stocks, such as shrimps and Norway lobsters, aims to ensure that stocks can be exploited while maintaining their reproductive capacity. It should be evaluated after the first 5 years and every 3 years thereafter. The text was agreed by 461 votes to 62, with 101 abstentions. It has already been informally agreed with EU ministers.


In the first year of the plan being implemented (2020), the maximum fishing effort should be reduced by 10% as compared to the fishing days allowed between 2012 and 2017. During the next four years, the maximum fishing effort shall be reduced by 30%.


The text also requests that the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) regulation be amended, so that fleet segments covered by the new rules should be able to benefit from compensation in case of a permanent stop of fishing activities.


The agreed rules will:

  • Apply to commercial and recreational fisheries as well as fish caught unintentionally (by-catch stock);
  • Implement co-management fisheries regimes between member states, local fisheries and other stakeholders;
  • Facilitate the implementation of the landing obligation;
  • Limit recreational fisheries when their impact on fishing mortality is too high;
  • Limit fishing to a maximum of 15 hours per fishing day (or 18 hours taking into account the transit time between port and the fishing ground).


Limit the use of trawls in coastal areas


MEPs approved a ban on the use of trawls within 6 nautical miles from the coast, except in areas deeper than the 100 m isobath during three months each year. Each member state will determine those three months of annual closure, according to the best available scientific advice to ensure at least a 20% reduction of catches of juvenile hake.


Next steps


Following final adoption by the Council, the new rules will apply on the twentieth day after their publication on the Official Journal of the European Union (end of 2019).




This multi-annual plan is the fourth proposal adopted in line with the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) after the Baltic Sea, North Sea and Western Waters. The plan covers the western Mediterranean waters along the northern Alboran Sea, the Gulf of Lion and the Tyrrhenian Sea, including the Balearic Islands, Corsica and Sardinia. According to 2015 data, the fishing fleet concerned consists of almost 10.900 vessels from Italy (50%), Spain (39%) and France (11%). Demersal stocks in this area are six fish and crustacean species: blue and red shrimp, deep-water rose shrimp, giant red shrimp, European hake, Norway lobster and red mullet.










the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Federalist EU ‘naively’ believes Washington shares her TTIP high fever

EU: Centralised economic governance and bank supervision may lead to new crisis

EU plans pan-European network of cybersecurity services

At UN forum, Asia-Pacific countries highlight importance of transport for sustainable development

Google strongly rejects EU antitrust charges and now gets ready for the worst to come

Ebola outbreak in DR Congo conflict zone ‘remains dangerous and unpredictable’ – UN chiefs

Discussion at Europe House: Brexit & Food

“There are many converging visions and interests between the One Belt One Road initiative and the Juncker Investment Plan”, Ambassador Yang of the Chinese Mission to EU highlights from Brussels

Juncker and Tusk killed Greece on 07 July 2015 to meet the Commission’s summer vacation plan? #Grexit #Greferendum #Graccident

China is among the 20 most innovative economies for the first time

Taking fast road to ‘e-mobility’ central to a sustainable future: COP24

Amsterdam has a bubble barrier to catch canal plastic

G7 summit: Trump Vs. G6 leaders on trade and climate change

‘Address root causes’ of instability in Mali through ‘aid and support’ urges UN chief

Eurozone officials play with people’s deposits and minds

EU and Overseas Countries and Territories boost cooperation at annual Forum with €44 million

Tenants ‘forced out their homes’ by global investment firms, say UN experts

Every bite of burger boosts harmful greenhouse gases: UN Environment Agency

WHO reports ‘very strong progress’ in battling DR Congo Ebola outbreak

What Keynes can teach us about government debt today

Norway’s electric car market has overtaken traditional vehicle sales

FROM THE FIELD: Sailing a traditional and sustainable path in Fiji’s tropical waters

Which countries have the highest unemployment rates?

TTIP is not dead as of yet, the 15th round of negotiations in New York shouts

Trump goes ahead with plan to undo globalization; targets China and EU

China invites the EU to a joint endeavor for free trade and order in the world

Why cities hold the key to safe, orderly migration

The dangers of data: why the numbers never tell the full story

Can Pakistan make its energy sector greener, cheaper and more reliable? The government thinks so

Portugal’s pension system needs to prepare for rapid population ageing

An economist explains how to value the internet

An introduction to ‘Eco-Medical Literacy’ and its importance in shaping expert medical professionals

Ireland’s planning to make its Emerald Isle even greener

Better care, stronger laws needed to save 30 million babies on the brink of death

UN should be ‘exemplary’ in defending judicial independence, top Judge tells Security Council

Europe enters uncharted waters with Kiev-Moscow standoff

Australia urged to evacuate offshore detainees amid widespread, acute mental distress

Statelessness for terrorists’ families, never an acceptable option, urges UN rights chief

MEPs commend Ukraine‘s reform efforts and denounce Russian aggression

Security Union: political agreement on strengthened Schengen Information System

Main results of Environment Council of 09 October 2018

Climate change helped destroy these four ancient civilisations

The Oslo model: how to prepare your city for the electric-vehicle surge

Weak growth of G20 international merchandise trade in third quarter of 2018

The impact of refugees on the European healthcare system

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: updates from the Near East and Libya, Ebola in DR Congo, World War remembrance

The Linde Group Logo (Source: The Linde Group website, Press Services, 2018)

EU starts in-depth investigation of Linde-Praxair merger over competition concerns

How bad is the Eurozone economy? The ECB thinks too bad

Korea should adapt its migration programmes to ensure continued success in the face of expected challenges

“Prevention is better than cure”: the main goal of modern medicine

Canada has created an Arctic conservation zone almost as big as Germany

4 ways to cyberproof your business during mergers & acquisitions

Statement by the Brexit Steering Group on UK paper on EU citizens in the UK

Connectivity and collaboration in the ICT industry: the key to socio-economic development

Further reforms needed for a stronger and more inclusive Argentine economy

Easing ‘classroom crisis’ in Côte d’Ivoire, brick by (plastic) brick

The Commission favours the cultivation of more GMOs in Europe

Food safety: Enhancing consumer trust in EU risk assessment and authorisation

Bilbao’s city parks offer brain-training games for the elderly

Hardened creditors drive Greece to dire straits; Tsipras desperate for an agreement

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s