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Nov 13, 2019 at 11:48

EP34 Joint Resolution EU Social Partners in Sea Fisheries on the socio-economic impact of the EU landing obligation

The EU Social Partners in Sea Fisheries – ETF and Europêche – adopted a joint resolution on the socio-economic impact of the EU landing obligation on the fishing industry. The regulation on the landing obligation was adopted in 2015 and has been gradually implemented since then. It aims at reducing the unwanted catch by obliging fishing operators to land (bring to shore) all caught fish. On one hand, it is supposed to allow for better monitoring of the use of fishing quotas, and on the other, it should incentivise the operators to invest in more selective gear. However, the landing obligation was introduced without any prior impact assessment of the socio-economic and safety consequences. It is already evident that the measure poses several concerns regarding the well-being of the fishers and economic performance of the sector. This is why the EU Social Partners agreed to call on the European Commission to revise the EU landing obligation so that it is consistent with other legal in

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