The EU Commission has launched a public consultation on deep-sea access regulation

The European Commission launched a public consultation on the evaluation of the deep-sea access regulation.

The regulation aims to support the sustainability of deep-sea stocks by reducing the environmental impact of deep-sea fisheries, preventing adverse impacts on vulnerable marine ecosystems, and supporting improvements to scientific knowledge. 

“We are looking for feedback from as many people/organisations as possible, including the general public and those with specialist knowledge or insights, says the Commission. “Thank you for sharing your views. The consultation survey takes only 15 minutes to complete and is available on the EU survey website.”

The evaluation will assess if the measures established for the reduction of environmental impacts of deep-sea fisheries, the prevention of adverse impacts on Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs) and the improvement of scientific knowledge have led to make deep-sea fisheries more sustainable.

The results of the evaluation will be used to provide an independent assessment of the Deep-sea Access Regulation adopted in 2016, including information on its achievements of general and specific objectives.

Moreover, this evaluation will identify key actions for improving the effectiveness, efficiency, impacts and EU added value of the Regulation. The result of this evaluation will also be used to inform the wider public about the actions undertaken by the EU to protect deep-sea habitats and ensure sustainable deep-sea fisheries.

Therefore, gathering feedbacks from citizens and stakeholders is very important to this evaluation as it will help determine the positive effects of the regulation and, if any, of its possible side effects affecting stakeholders. Finally, the results of this evaluation may be used to inform decisions on whether the Deep-Sea Access Regulation need to be reviewed. For those who would like to give a more in-depth view, you may also upload your position paper to the consultation site.

The deadline for submissions is 5 August 2020. 

“We look forward to hearing from you!” concluded the Commission’s statement.

For further information see below including link to survey.

Deep-sea Access Regulation (ref. (EU) 2016/2336).

Public consultation on the evaluation of deep-sea access regulation

Source: European Commission

Commission launches Open Public Consultation on the deep-sea access

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