Europeche and European fisheries industry express disappointment over CFP reform details. – Fishupdate.com

Europeche and European fisheries industry express disappointment over CFP reform details. Published:  11 February, 2013

The President of Europêche, Javier GARAT and the Chairman of the Copa-Cogeca Working Party on Fish, Giampaolo Buonfiglio have acknowledged the support expressed by MEPs for an ambitious CFP reform.

But at the same time they said they felt disappointment: “We greatly regret the fact that the European Parliament followed the rapporteur’s radical and inflexible approach, in particular on Maximum Sustainable Yield and on the requirement to land all catches of fish indiscriminately as of 2014.”

Professionals from the fisheries sector had tabled constructive and concrete proposals, said the statement, especially on ways to implement the ban on discards, and they had recently sent these proposals to the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the Commission.

According to both Garat and Buonfiglio: “The European Parliament’s position on banning discards is inapplicable as it stands, as vessels do not currently have the necessary tonnage or storage facilities. This position clearly shows their lack of understanding of the fisheries sector.”

Furthermore, the President and Chairman stated that on many other topics the adopted position ignored socio-economic consequences and also the serious repercussions that these measures would have on employment in the fisheries sector, if they were to be kept.

After meticulously analysing the position adopted during the plenary session, Europêche and Cogeca said they would not hesitate to assert their legitimate demands to the Council of the EU over the next few weeks.