Action plan adopted for Dutch fisheries control system

An action plan has been adopted by the European Commission to boost fisheries control in the Netherlands.

Under the action plan, the Netherlands will work to improve its data management system to ensure that catch data are comprehensively validated and cross-checked – which means that the data that are used to monitor the catches by Dutch fishermen will become more reliable.

Improvements are also needed in providing information on the official website and in recording and reporting catches in pelagic fisheries.

The plan follows similar plans for Sweden, Finland and Lithuania adopted in 2015 and contains measures agreed between the European Commission and the Dutch authorities, following the Commission's audits of the Dutch fisheries control system.

Dutch fishermen will be the first to benefit from these efforts to stamp out illegal and unrecorded fishing - better enforcement of catch monitoring results in more abundant fish stocks and rewards honest fishermen who play by the rules.

The European Commission says that with their strong focus on cooperation between the European Commission and the Member State in question, these action plans can be highly effective in achieving maximum results in a short amount of time.

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