Fisheries sector disappointed with CFP vote

08 Feb 2013

Following yesterday’s vote in the European Parliament, Europêche and the Copa-Cogeca Working Party on Fish have acknowledged the support expressed by MEPs for an ambitious CFP reform, but said at the same time they felt disappointed.

Europêche president, Javier Garat and the chairman of the Copa-Cogeca Working Party on Fish, Giampaolo Buonfiglio gave the following joint statement: "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."

According to Mr Garat and Mr 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, they stated that on many other topics the adopted position ignores 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 both say they will not hesitate to assert their demands to the Council of the EU over the next few weeks.

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