The EAPO has written to the DG MARE on the intended amendments to the regulation as regards technical measures in north western waters
In the draft Delegated Act amending (EU) 2019/1241 it is mentioned between brackets that the measures drafted in Annex VI would apply until the end of 2022. It is EAPO’s view that in line with longer term impact assessments, such reference should indeed be included.
The other aspect in the draft Delegated Act EAPO wishes to comment on, is the proposed addition of point 3 to Part C of Annex VI of (EU) 2019/1241. Similarly, to article 15.3 of the TAC & Quota 2021 Regulation, this addition makes the prohibition to fish with trawls and seines in the mentioned areas of the Celtic Sea a base rule. The use of a minimum 100m mesh size as such becomes a derogation to this base rule. EAPO considers it a dangerous precedent to use as a base rule in fisheries management a prohibition to fish in such a large area. Furthermore, EAPO members having contributed to the discussion about technical measures, regret that proposals to also derogate coastal fisheries in areas 7b, 7e, 7g and 7j have not been retained.
In addition, it is EAPO’s view that the STECF assessment of the 1.5% by-catch level of cod as a reference to obtain a derogation, is an excessive requirement. Any procedure for such assessment has little chance to lead to obtaining a derogation as an outcome. Also, for the STECF assessment of ‘fishing gear that is at least equally selective’ EAPO seeks clarification about the procedure to be used.
EAPO members who represent fishermen affected by the intended amendment of the technical measures’ regulations have addressed or will address this with their respective member states. However, we considered it useful to already inform you about these EAPO views and therefore look forward to your response.”