Spanish trawlers will continue to fish in 41 of the 87 areas vetoed by the Commission
- It highlights that this decision is the result of the joint work of the Government and the fishing sector, which had detected notable errors in the bathymetry and mapping of the initially prohibited areas.
- Spain will continue with the presentation of the appeal to this regulation before the Court of Justice of the EU and will maintain the dialogue for the “immediate review” of the regulation
- The minister announces that, at the beginning of July 2023, the Spanish Presidency of the European Union will organize an informal Fisheries Council in Vigo
Spanish Fisheries Minister, Luis Planas has has announced that the European Commission confirmed last night in writing the non-application of the regulation on vulnerable marine ecosystems from 0 to 400 meters deep, which means that the Spanish trawler fleet will be able to maintain activity in 41 of the 87 areas that had been banned.
Planas has stressed that this decision is the result of the joint work of the Government of Spain and the fishing sector, which had detected inconsistencies in the bathymetry (depth) and mapping of the initially prohibited areas.
For the minister “this is good news”, although Spain will continue with the presentation of the appeal to this regulation before the Court of Justice of the European Union, understanding that the Commission has not taken into account the most recent scientific information and has made a partial reading of the recommendations, extending the prohibition to modalities that were not included in the scientific reports, such as bottom longlining. The Commission has also not assessed the precepts of the Common Fisheries Policy in relation to the search for economic, social and environmental balance
The minister valued the joint effort of the Government with the representative associations of the sector and the affected autonomous communities to promote a strategy based on two pillars: firmness in claiming the annulment of the regulation and, at the same time, maintaining dialogue and negotiation with the European Commission for the “immediate review” of the content of the regulation. “The Government understands that we all must protect the seas and oceans, but we have to do it in such a way that fishing activity can continue to be carried out, respectfully and selectively,” he added.
Luis Planas today visited Conxemar, the International Fair of Frozen Seafood, a reference meeting for the fishing sector since Spain is the first fishing power in Europe, “a leadership that must be exercised and the 8,700 Spanish fishing vessels, half of them based in Galicia, are a good example of the great work that the sector as a whole does to conquer a future that is already here”.
Extractive fishing and the processing industry are absolutely essential for large areas of Spain and have the full support of the Government of Spain. For this reason, “we will work side by side with the sector as a whole to achieve the best possible result in the next Council of European Ministers”, especially in the Council in December, in which the Total Allowable Catches (TAC) are decided.) and fishing quotas for 2023.
On the other hand, the minister pointed out that at the beginning of July 2023, the Spanish Presidency of the European Union will organise an informal Fisheries Council in Vigo, councils that are not usually held frequently “but that Spain has wanted to recover based on of that fishing leadership of our country.”