This week Ulrike Rodust published her working document for the basic regulation. She proposes reaching FMSY by 2015, introducing a general discard ban and making TFCs mandatory only if member states otherwise fail to reduce capacity.
The basic regulation is the major legislative proposal in the CFP Reform. Ulrike Rodust (S&D, Germany) is the rapporteur, i.e. responsible for the report in the European Parliament. In the document she presents 35 concrete proposals on how to amend the basic regulation. Among them:
Ulrike Rodust notes that In the Commission proposal, it is unclear whether the stock sizes should correspond to MSY level (or more precisely BMSY) or the fishing mortality (FMSY) level by 2015. She also states that as long as there is an institutional conflict regarding the adoption of multi-annual plans, the basic regulation has to stipulate a legally binding harvest-control rule on how to set total allowable catches.
Proposal 3. “[...] The regulation should therefore stipulate in an unambiguous way a mandatory reduction of the fishing mortality rate for all stocks to FMSY by 2015. FMSY has to be defined in a way to trigger a recovery quick towards levels above those which can produce the Maximum Sustainable Yield (BMSY) also for stocks, which are heavily overfished.”
It may be noted that in the debates in the Fisheries Committee so far, many MEPs have insisted that the regulation should say that MSY should be reached “where possible”, but few have mentioned the differences between fishing mortality and biomass in relation to MSY.
Proposal 6: “The discard ban should [...] in principle apply to all usable commercial species,” compared to the Commission’s proposal which only lists some species.
TFCs and capacity reduction
Proposal 19: “If overcapacity is identified in a specific fishery, the concerned Member State has to be obliged to take measures to reduce it. In this case, the introduction of TFCs would be standing to reason. If a Member State proves that he achieves the necessary capacity reduction without making use of TFCs, this member state should be exempted from the obligation to introduce TFCs. However, an honest and thorough evaluation of all fleets and mandatory capacity reductions where needed are an indispensable prerequisite for abandoning the compulsory character of the TFC system”
Download the working document
The document will be officially presented and discussed at the Fisheries Committee meeting 27 February. Due to the length of the text, the document has been split into three parts:
> Part 1
> Part 2
> Part 3
Other language versions are available on the website of the Fisheries Committee.