The Spanish Government approves a new fishing management regulation that will allow progress in the modernisation of the fleet

The Spanish Government approves a new fishing management regulation that will allow progress in the modernisation of the fleet

The Spanish Government approves a new fishing management regulation that will allow progress in the modernisation of the fleet

  • The relaxation of the requirements related to capacity will facilitate the entry of vessels in the registry, as well as the modernisation of existing ones
  • The new royal decree regulates for the first time the structure of the General Registry of the Fishing Fleet

The Council of Ministers has approved a royal decree that regulates, for the first time, the structure of the General Registry of the Fishing Fleet. 

The regulation reflects the powers and obligations of the autonomous communities and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food with respect to the registration of fishing vessels and auxiliary vessels, in order to guarantee the existence, at the national level, of a single registry that is constitutes one of the main elements of fisheries management.

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In addition, the new royal decree makes the requirements more flexible, in relation to the need to provide capacity, to allow the entry of new ships in the registry or for the modernisation of existing ships. All this with the aim of facilitating these procedures for the sector, making them more adaptable to new needs. The Common Fisheries Policy regulates the fishing capacity of the Member States through the limitation of their capacity measured through their power (measured in tons of gross tonnage or gt), as a measure to guarantee the sustainability of the activity.

The decree also establishes a new capacity management system, by which the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food will cede fishing capacity for the construction or modernisation of vessels in order to improve habitability and comfort conditions, as well as safety. and the energy efficiency of boats.

The new royal decree also improves the management of the establishment of the base port for fishing vessels, for which it clarifies the criteria for the authorization of changes to it and streamlines the procedure for temporary authorizations for the use of ports other than the base.

With this royal decree, a new regulatory framework is established, clear and agile, in which new management tools are incorporated and existing ones are made more flexible with the aim of facilitating the adaptation of the fishing fleet to the new needs of the sector.

Source: Press Release

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