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PelAC has warned EFCA not to botch the evaluation of compliance with the landing obligation for mackerel in NS and NWW 2018-2020 Report

The Pelagic Advisory Council has warned the Director-General of DG MARE and the Executive Director of EFCA not to botch the publication of the report on the evaluation of compliance with the landing obligation for mackerel in NS and NWW 2018-2020 as EFCA had done in 2020 with the previous report for the period 2015 to 2017.

In a letter addressed to the Chair of the North Western Waters MS Regional Group, Nanou Beekman, which includes DG MARE Director General, Charlina Vitcheva and Executive Director of the European Fisheries Control Agency, Susan Steele, PelAC warned that a repeat of the debacle in 2020 cannot happen again as it was unnecessarily damaging for the pelagic industry.

PelAC was writing to Ms Beekman regarding the publication of the report on the evaluation of compliance with the landing obligation for mackerel in NS and NWW 2018-2020. The AC expressed frustration with the time delay in getting the report published, which EFCA says is due to the relevant High Level Groups making their decision on the report.

In their letter to Ms Beekman, PelAC writes:

“Over the last year, the members of the Pelagic Advisory Council (PelAC) have looked forward to the release of the latest report on the evaluation of compliance with the landing obligation for the mackerel fishery (2018-2020). Over the course of 2023, the PelAC has invited representatives from EFCA on several occasions to present the outcomes of the evaluation report once published, at one of our plenary PelAC meetings.

EFCA has informed the PelAC that it is not in a position to disseminate the outcomes of the report by any means until the relevant High Level Groups (i.e. the Scheveningen and the NWW HLG) have taken a decision on the report’s publication. We also understood that at the level of the NWW HLG this decision is still pending.

As you know, the issue with regard to the publication of only the executive summary of the previous evaluation of compliance report for mackerel (2015-2017) in 2020, led to a great deal of frustration among the members of the PelAC, as expressed in several letters. The publication of the summary on the EFCA website in 2020 left the industry exposed to allegations of low compliance levels, and the subsequent refusal by the HLGs to disclose the underlying data and methodology meant the affected members had no way of verifying nor challenging the conclusions. Moreover, it was felt the results stood in stark contrast with the sector’s experiences during control inspections. The PelAC is anxious to avoid this situation from repeating itself with the next report, and calls on the HLGs to ensure that if such a report is to be made public, it should be either in full, or not at all.

Should it be decided that the report is not to be published, the PelAC welcomes this decision provided this also means that no executive summary will be published either. We would then welcome an opportunity to discuss the report findings in a closed forum between PelAC members, EFCA, the Control Expert Group and the HLGs, as appropriate.

The members of the PelAC are keen to become aware of the compliance status of the mackerel fishery as established in this next evaluation round, and to discuss the findings with the relevant authorities to determine how these align with the perceptions of stakeholders. We would therefore appreciate it if the NWW HLG could accelerate its decision on this matter, so steps can be taken to set up an appropriate exchange format on the report findings with impacted stakeholders.”

 

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