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Document 52003DC0508

Annual Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the results of the multiannual guidance programmes for the fishing fleets at the end of 2002

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52003DC0508

Annual Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the results of the multiannual guidance programmes for the fishing fleets at the end of 2002 /* COM/2003/0508 final */


ANNUAL REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE COUNCIL AND THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT on the results of the multiannual guidance programmes for the fishing fleets at the end of 2002

Contents

Executive Summary

Introduction

Measurement of Capacity and Effort

Remeasurement of tonnage

Cumulative fishing effort objectives

Community Fishing Fleet Register

Global Results

(a) Compliance with capacity objectives

(b) Compliance with effort objectives

Conclusion

Annex - Results by Member State

BELGIUM

GERMANY

DENMARK

SPAIN

FINLAND

FRANCE

UNITED KINGDOM

GREECE

IRELAND

ITALY

NETHERLANDS

PORTUGAL

SWEDEN

Executive Summary

This is the final report on the results of the fourth Multi-Annual Guidance Programme (MAGP IV) for the fishing fleet in accordance with Article 5 of Council Regulation (EC) No 2792/1999.

It aims to ensure a transparent implementation of the MAGP IV, which fixes fleet capacity and fishing effort objectives that had to be achieved progressively over the period 1 January 1997 to 31 December 2002. On the basis of the data of vessels registered in the Community Fishing Fleet Register at the time of drafting this document (1 June 2003), and taking into account the reports submitted by the national authorities, this report summarises the evolution of tonnage and power of the fleet in comparison with the intermediate and final objectives of the MAGP IV.

During the six years of the MAGP IV, the Community fleet (without the vessels registered in the French outermost regions) was reduced by 107.284 GT and 928.973 kW, which represent reductions in fleet capacity of 5,31 % and 11,77 % respectively. The degree to which the MAGP objectives have been achieved varies greatly from Member State to Member State, as shown by the tables on pages 7 and 8.

Taking into account the results expressed in tonnage (GT), which involve a certain degree of uncertainty because of the ongoing fleet remeasurement (see page 4), the global result for the Community fleet is as follows:

- Denmark, Finland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden have met their objectives in all segments of their fleets;

- all Member States, apart from Belgium and the Netherlands [1], have met their global objectives in tonnage at the end of 2002;

[1] Following a request for an increase of the objectives in one segment on the basis of Article 6(2) of Council Regulation 2792/1999 presented by the Netherlands in the year 2000, the Commission reviewed the final objectives for this segment, which will have the effect of bringing the Netherlands within its global MAGP IV objective (see country section on page 44).

- remaining uncertainties on the quality of the Irish fleet data make it difficult to assess their degree of compliance with MAGP IV.

Introduction

For each Member State in the Community, a Multi-Annual Guidance Programme (MAGP) fixes the objectives for reducing the size of their fishing fleet aiming to bring fishing effort in line with the available resources. The fourth generation of MAGPs, adopted in December 1997 [2], fixed the objectives for the period 1997-2001. This period was extended to the end of 2002 by Council Decision [3] 2002/652/EC.

[2] Commission Decisions 98/119/EC to 98/131/EC (OJ L 39, 12.2.1998, pp. 1-84).

[3] OJ L 31, 1.2.2002, p. 77.

Article 5 of Council Regulation (EC) No 2792/1999 [4] requires the Member States to submit to the Commission, before 1 May each year, a report on the situation of their fleets at the end of the preceding year with respect to their MAGP objectives. Using these reports and data from the Community Fishing Fleet Register, the Commission produces a report to the Council and the European Parliament within three months following the 1st May deadline.

[4] OJ L 337, 30.12.1999, p. 10.

The following report is the sixth in the series on the results of the fourth generation of programmes (MAGP IV) [5].

[5] COM(1999) 175 final, COM(2000) 738 final, COM(2001) 541 final, COM(2002) 446 final, COM (2002) 483 final (mid-term report 2002).

Measurement of Capacity and Effort

For the purposes of MAGPs, the capacity of a vessel is defined as its tonnage in gross tonnes (GT) and its propulsion power in kW. The fishing effort is defined as the product of capacity and the number of days spent at sea. There are therefore two measures of effort, one in GTxdays and the other in kWxdays.

Remeasurement of tonnage

The tonnage objectives of the MAGP III (1992 - 1996) were expressed in gross registered tonnes (GRT), while in almost all Member States a mixture of tonnage measurements were used to measure capacity, some vessels being measured in GRT, others in GT and others in nationally defined units of tonnage.

Council Regulation (EC) No 3259/94 [6] and Commission Decision 95/84/EC [7] were adopted in order to harmonise tonnage measurements, requiring that all fishing vessels be measured in GT. They also simplify the definition of GT for vessels less than 15 metres in overall length and specify formulae to estimate the GT of vessels between 15 and 24 metres while awaiting full remeasurement.

[6] OJ L 339, 29.12.1994, p. 11.

[7] OJ L 67, 25.3.1995, p. 33.

The transitional period set up in this decision is about to end. All vessels of more than 24 m in length overall should have been measured in GT units by the end of 1994, while all vessels of less than 15 m in length overall should have been measured in GT units by the end of 1998. The remeasurement of vessels between 15 and 24 m in overall length has to be concluded by the end of 2003.

When the MAGP IV were adopted, the final objectives in tonnage for the MAGP III were converted into GT units following the procedure established in the Annex to Commission Decision approving the MAGPs per Member State [8]. This decision foresaw a revision of these calculations in order to take into account the progress in the re-measurement of the fleet.

[8] Commission Decisions 98/119/EC to 98/131/EC (OJ L 39, 12.2.1998, pp. 1-84).

The Commission included a thorough revision of the tonnage objectives in the decision on the prolongation of MAGP IV adopted in June 2002. A final revision is to be carried out when the re-measurement of the fleet is completed by the end of 2003. However, no major changes in the objectives are likely to result from this revision, given the high proportion of vessels that were measured in GT units when the last revision was carried out. Any changes in the MAGP IV final objectives that result from this calculation will be carried over into the reference levels defined in Article 12 of Regulation (EC) 2371/2002.

Cumulative fishing effort objectives

For those Member States that have opted to adjust activity instead of capacity to meet the objectives, the cumulative fishing effort objectives are shown in this report. In the MAGP decisions published in the Official Journal (see footnote 2), only the fishing effort objectives at the start and at the end of the period are shown. These are used to calculate the cumulative objectives in the following way. Since cumulative fishing effort objectives should be identical whether it is capacity or activity that is reduced over the period of the programme, a curve was drawn of the continuous decrease in capacity over the period 1 January 1996 - 31 December 2002, necessary to meet each of the intermediate objectives expressed purely in terms of capacity. The area under this curve was then multiplied by the baseline level of activity expressed in days per year, to arrive at the cumulative fishing effort over the period.

Community Fishing Fleet Register

The multiannual guidance programmes are monitored using the declarations to the Community Fishing Fleet Register. The register contains information on the physical characteristics of approximately 90,000 commercial marine fishing vessels in the EU fleets, together with information on the MAGP segment to which each vessel belongs and the fishing gears that are installed. It is intended to provide the reference data on the fleet for different aspects of the Common Fisheries Policy.

In previous reports on the results of the MAGP, large discrepancies were sometimes noted between the information contained in the fishing vessel register and data supplied by the Member States in their annual national reports. One of the reasons for these discrepancies was that the declarations from the Member States were screened for errors before being accepted into the database. A rejected or suspect declaration was returned to the Member State for correction or checking. This was intended to ensure the reliability of the register, but in practice often led to a difference between the data in the national registers and those in the Community register.

The capacity figures used in this report are based on the information of the Community fishing vessel register, with the exception of Portugal. This country has provided its own data for this report, since technical problems during the second half of 2002 meant that the situation of its fleet could not be properly maintained in our database.

Some inconsistencies can still be found in the fishing vessel register information. The most important of these are due to the fact that some vessels do not have a valid MAGP segment code. In the tables that follow these vessels have been included as unclassified. The Commission services are working in co-operation with the Member States concerned to rectify this.

Global Results

The table Total Community Fleet by Member State shows the percentage change in tonnage and power over the period 1 January 1997 - 31 December 2002. However, it should be noted that in the case of tonnage this figure may underestimate the real percentage change due to the ongoing remeasurement of vessels in units of GT during that period.

The * placed next to the tonnage heading (GT*) indicates that the totals underneath are calculated mixing GT and GRT values. In order to find the total, the GT value is taken first, whether it is the measured value or an estimate. When GT is not available the GRT value is used.

(a) Compliance with capacity objectives

The following table summarises the evolution of the entire Community fleet since the start of the MAGP IV. The shaded columns indicate the Member States that have not met the objectives laid down by the end of 2002.

Since 1 January 1997 the fleet has been reduced by approximately 11,77 % in power. In tonnage, the difference would appear to be 5,31 % but this value remains uncertain until the fleet remeasuring has been finalised.

N.B.: For some Member States the final objectives of MAGP IV were changed in 2003, either on the basis of safety improvements (in GT only), or to include vessels that were not covered by the programmes, or to include vessels that were not registered in the Community Fleet Register at 31 December 2002. In the following tables these increases are not reflected in the figures, but indicated in comments below the main table for each country.

Total Community Fleet by Member State

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Bold Italic type indicates that the objectives have not been met. It should be noted that the tonnage objectives have not been revised to take into account the effects of remeasurement in units of GT, so the comparisons between the situation and the objectives are uncertain, except for Belgium and Finland.

The vessels registered in the French overseas departments (16.388 GT and 202 767 kW) have been included separately in this table since the figures for the situation of this part of the French fleet for 1 January 1997 are not available.

(b) Compliance with effort objectives

Six Member States chose to achieve their MAGP IV objectives by managing activity as well as capacity in one or more segments of their fleets. In order to do this the Member States were obliged to define one or more fisheries in each of the segments concerned. Fishing effort objectives were then defined for each of these 23 fisheries.

Unlike capacity, fishing effort cannot be measured for a particular point in time. The effort objectives are therefore cumulative over the period of the programme. The following table shows the effort exerted in each of the fisheries from 1 January 1997 until 31 December 2002 compared with the cumulative effort objectives for the end of 2002. The last two columns in this table show the extent to which the objectives have been met. Where the objectives have been exceeded, this is shown in bold.

Summary of compliance with capacity objectives by segment

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* Remaining uncertainties on the quality of data on the Irish fleet make it difficult to assess the true degree of compliance.

Compliance with effort objectives in the 23 fisheries

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units in '000 GT days and '000 kW days

Bold italic type indicates that the objectives have not been met.

Conclusion

This is the closing report on MAGP IV. During the six years of its existence the reduction for the Community fleet (without the vessels registered in the French outermost regions) has been 107.284 GT and 928.973 kW, or 5,31% in GT and 11,77% in kW.

The relatively modest MAGP IV targets have been substantially over-achieved in most Member States. At 31 December 2002 the size of the Community fleet was 19% (in GT) and 13% (in kW) below the final objective of the MAGPs, and all Member States managed to bring their fleets within their objective both in tonnage and in power, with the exception of Belgium which is outside its objective in GT (104%). Out of the 23 fisheries where objectives had been set in terms of fishing effort, four fisheries did not respect the objective in GTxdays and only two exceeded the objective in kWxdays.

The Council regulations on the CFP reform, adopted in December 2002, established a link with the now-expired MAGPs by fixing the reference levels for the Community fleet as the sum of MAGP IV objectives in capacity. In the same spirit the Commission intends to take account of previous MAGP IV effort ceilings in any future effort limitation system in the framework of Recovery Plans or Multi-Annual Management Plans. This has already been proposed for the recovery plans for Cod [9] and for Northern Hake [10]. These two proposals are under discussion in Council.

[9] Proposal for a Council Regulation establishing measures for the recovery of cod stocks, COM(2003) 237 final, adopted on 6 May 2003; see Article 10 (2).

[10] Proposal for a Council Regulation establishing measures for the recovery of Northern hake stock, COM(2003) 374 final, adopted on 27 June 2003; see Article 9 (2).

Annex - Results by Member State

The following tables and charts summarise the results of the MAGP IV at the end of 2002. For each Member State the chapters are broken down as follows.

a) "situation of the fleet", shows the capacity objectives for the end of 2002 compared to the situation of the fleet according to the fishing vessel register on that date.

b) "fleet evolution", show the evolution of the total capacity of the fleet for each Member State since the beginning of MAGP IV.

c) "fishing effort", gives the fishing effort by segment. The information in this table is the information provided by the Member States in their national reports. Where fisheries are identified within segments (i.e. the shaded rows labelled F1, F2 etc.), the objectives for the segment are expressed in terms of fishing effort in the MAGP IV Decision, so activity limitations contribute to the achievement of the objectives.

d) "cumulative fishing effort", the table shows the cumulative intermediate fishing effort objectives for each fishery where the objectives are expressed in terms of fishing effort. The charts following this table compare the cumulative fishing effort declared by the Member States (white bars) with the cumulative intermediate effort objectives under the MAGP IV (shaded bars).

BELGIUM

a) Situation of the fleet

Belgium

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Bold italic type indicates that the objectives have not been met. The tonnage objectives for the segments 4A1 and 4A2 expressed in terms of GT are definitive. The final tonnage objectives for the segment 4A1 have to be increased by 112 GT as approved by Commission Decision 2003/245/EC to take into account the improvements on safety, navigation at sea, hygiene, product quality and working conditions for vessels of more than 12 m in length overall.

b) Fleet evolution

Evolution of global fleet capacity in GT compared to objectives.

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Evolution of global fleet capacity in kW compared to objectives.

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c) Fishing effort

No fishing effort data was provided. Belgium does not comply with Article 3 of Commission Regulation (EC) No 2091/98 [11].

[11] OJ L 266, 1.10.1998, p. 36.

GERMANY

a) Situation of the fleet

Germany

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Bold italic type indicates that the objectives have not been met. The tonnage objectives for the segments 4C4, 4C6 and 4C7 expressed in terms of GT are definitive. The tonnage objectives for the other segments have not been revised to take into account the remeasurement in units of GT, so the comparisons between the situation and the objectives are uncertain. The situation of the fleet and final objectives have to be increased by 3.297 GT and 9.037 kW respectively to include vessels partly used in aquaculture, which were not covered by the MAGPs.

b) Fleet evolution

Evolution of global fleet capacity in GT* compared to objectives.

Germany

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Evolution of global fleet capacity in kW compared to objectives.

Germany

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c) Fishing effort

Germany operates fishing effort regimes in two segments of the fleet, the beam trawlers operating in the North Sea (4C4) and the pelagic trawlers (4C6). Germany manages the fishing effort in these two segments by allocating days at sea to individual vessels in the case of beam trawlers and by limiting the aggregate effort of the pelagic trawlers.

Germany

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units in '000 GTxdays and '000 kWxdays

d) Cumulative fishing effort for segments subject to a system for the management of fishing effort

Germany

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units in '000 GTxdays and '000 kWxdays

4C4 Beam trawlers

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Situation // Objectives

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Situation // Objectives

DENMARK

a) Situation of the fleet

Denmark

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The tonnage objectives for the segments 4B4 expressed in terms of GT is definitive. The tonnage objectives for the other segments have not been revised to take into account the remeasurement in units of GT, so the comparisons between the situation and the objectives are uncertain.

b) Evolution of the fleet

Evolution of global fleet capacity in GT* compared to objectives.

Denmark

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Evolution of global fleet capacity in kW compared to objectives.

Denmark

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c) Fishing effort

Denmark

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units in '000 GTxdays and '000 kWxdays

SPAIN

a) Situation of the fleet

Spain

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The tonnage objectives for the segments 4E7 expressed in terms of GT is definitive. The tonnage objectives for the other segments have not been revised to take into account the remeasurement in units of GT, so the comparisons between the situation and the objectives are uncertain.

b) Fleet evolution

Evolution of global fleet capacity in GT* compared to objectives.

Spain

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Evolution of global fleet capacity in kW compared to objectives.

Spain

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c) Fishing effort

Spain

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units in '000 GTxdays and '000 kWxdays

FINLAND

a) Situation of the fleet

Finland

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The tonnage objectives for the segments 4L1, 4L2, 4L3 and 4L4 expressed in terms of GT are definitive.

b) Fleet evolution

Evolution of global fleet capacity in GT compared to objectives.

Finland

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Evolution of global fleet capacity in kW compared to objectives.

Finland

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c) Fishing effort

Finland

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units in '000 GT days and '000 kW days

FRANCE

a) Situation of the fleet

France

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Bold italic type indicates that the objectives have not been met The tonnage objectives for the segments 4F5 and 4F6 expressed in terms of GT are definitive. The tonnage objectives for the other segments have not been revised to take into account the remeasurement in units of GT, so the comparisons between the situation and the objectives are uncertain.

Revision of the objectives in connection with the "pelagic trawlers (4F6)"

In 2002, the French Authorities presented to the Commission a request for an increase in capacity. The request was based on the identification of additional fishing opportunities mainly in the waters off West Africa (Mauritania).

On the basis of extensive scientific advice, the Commission has accepted to increase the final objectives of this segment by 4.500 GT and 4.500 kW, under the condition of a "Special National Fishing Effort Scheme", in order to avoid any possible relocation of this new capacity towards Northern pelagic stocks in Community and International waters. The final objectives of this segment have to be adapted accordingly.

Revision of the objectives in connection with the segments 4FC and 4FD

Following a request by the French authorities presented in 2002, the Commission accepted an increase of the final objectives of segments 4FC by 100 GT and 1.500 kW and of segment 4FD by 1.200 GT and 3.000 kW. These increases are not reflected in the table above.

b) Fleet evolution

Evolution of global fleet capacity in GT* compared to objectives.

France without overseas departments

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Evolution of global fleet capacity in kW compared to objectives.

France without overseas departments

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c) Fishing effort

France

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units in '000 GTxdays and '000 kWxdays

d) Cumulative fishing effort for segments subject to a system for the management of fishing effort

France

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units in '000 GTxdays and '000 kWxdays

France - 4F3 Trawlers > 30 metres

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Situation // Objectives

France - 4F6 Pelagic trawlers > 50 metres

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Situation // Objectives

France - 4F8 Mediterranean trawlers

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Situation // Objectives

France - 4F9 Mediterranean seiners: fishery F1: Tuna

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Situation // Objectives

France - 4F9 Mediterranean seiners: fishery F2 - Small pelagics

GTxdays ('000)

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Situation // Objectives

UNITED KINGDOM

a) Situation of the fleet

United Kingdom

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Bold italic type indicates that the objectives have not been met The tonnage objectives for the segments 4N1, 4N2, 4N3, 4N4, 4N5, 4N6 and 4N7 expressed in terms of GT are definitive. The tonnage objectives for the other segment has not been revised to take into account the remeasurement in units of GT, so the comparisons between the situation and the objective is uncertain. The final tonnage objectives for the segment 4N4 have to be increased by 143 GT as approved by Commission Decision 2003/245/EC to take into account the improvements on safety, navigation at sea, hygiene, product quality and working conditions for vessels of more than 12 m in length overall.

Revision of the objectives

The Commission has accepted a request from the United Kingdom to increase the objectives of MAGP IV by 6% based on the fact that between 1983 and 1986 the capacity of the UK's fleet was reduced voluntarily and this reduction was later integrated into the compulsory MAGP objectives. The final objectives have to be adapted accordingly.

b) Fleet evolution

Evolution of global fleet capacity in GT* compared to objectives.

United Kingdom

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Evolution of global fleet capacity in kW compared to objectives.

United Kingdom

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c) Fishing effort

United Kingdom

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units in '000 GTxdays and '000 kWxdays

d) Cumulative fishing effort for segments subject to a system for the management of fishing effort

United Kingdom

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units in '000 GTxdays and '000 kWxdays

United Kingdom - 4N2 Pelagic: fishery F1 - North Sea herring

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Situation // Objectives

United Kingdom - 4N2 Pelagic: fishery F2 - Western pelagic

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Situation // Objectives

United Kingdom - 4N2 Pelagic: fishery F3. Atlanto-Scandian herring

GTxdays ('000)

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Situation // Objectives

United Kingdom - 4N2 Pelagic: fishery F4 - Blue whiting

GTxdays ('000)

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NB: A footnote to the table of objectives in the MAGP Decision states that the objectives for this fishery are subject to review in the light of the development of the fishery.

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Situation // Objectives

United Kingdom - 4N3 Beam trawl: fishery F1 - Flatfish IV

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Situation // Objectives

United Kingdom - 4N3 Beam trawl: fishery F2 - Flatfish VII, VI

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Situation // Objectives

United Kingdom - 4N4 Demersal trawlers, seiners, nephrops

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Situation // Objectives

United Kingdom - 4N8 Distant water

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Situation // Objectives

GREECE

a) Situation of the fleet

Greece

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Bold italic type indicates that the objectives have not been met The tonnage objectives for the segments 4D4 expressed in terms of GT is definitive. The tonnage objectives for the other segments have not been revised to take into account the remeasurement in units of GT, so the comparisons between the situation and the objectives are uncertain.

b) Fleet evolution

Evolution of global fleet capacity in GT* compared to objectives.

Greece

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Evolution of global fleet capacity in kW compared to objectives.

Greece

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c) Fishing effort

Greece

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units in '000 GTxdays and '000 kWxdays

IRELAND

a) Situation of the fleet

Ireland

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Bold italic type indicates that the objectives have not been met. Ireland has not yet fully updated its fleet register following technical problems during 2001/2002. These technical problems have been resolved but the register remains incomplete and will do until the backlog of vessel data is cleared. This task is expected to be completed shortly.So the comparisons between the situation and the objectives are uncertain. It should be noted that the tonnage objectives have not been revised to take into account the remeasurement in units of GT. The final tonnage objectives for the segments 4G1 and 4G2 have to be increased by 107 GT and 96 GT as approved by Commission Decision 2003/245/EC to take into account the improvements on safety, navigation at sea, hygiene, product quality and working conditions for vessels of more than 12 m in length overall. In addition, the situation of the fleet and the final objectives have to be increased by 6.706 GT and 28.259 kW respectively to include vessels partly used in aquaculture and that were not covered by the MAGPs.

Revision of the objectives in connection with segment 4G1

The Commission is examining a request from Ireland to increase the final objectives of the MAGP IV for segment 4G1 in order to allow for the registration of existing inshore vessels. At the time of adoption of the MAGP IV, 5.473 GT and 28.447 kW were added to the Irish objectives in order to allow for the registrations of these vessels, but the Irish authorities claim this amount does not cover the total capacity of this fleet and request an additional 2.300 GT and 25.130 kW. Since out of the 5.473 GT and 28.447 kW added at the adoption of MAGP IV, only 2.077 GT and 14.475 kW had been registered by the time this report was drafted (1 June 2003), the difference has to be deducted from the final objective for this segment.

b) Fleet evolution

Evolution of global fleet capacity in GT* compared to objectives.

Ireland

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Evolution of global fleet capacity in kW compared to objectives.

Ireland

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c) Fishing effort

Ireland

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units in '000 GTxdays and '000 kWxdays

d) Cumulative fishing effort for segments subject to a system for the management of fishing effort

Ireland

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units in '000 GTxdays and '000 kWxdays

Ireland - 4G2 Pelagic

GTxdays ('000)

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Ireland - 4G3 Beam trawl

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ITALY

a) Situation of the fleet

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Bold italic type indicates that the objectives have not been met. It should be noted that the tonnage objectives have not been revised to take into account the remeasurement in units of GT, so the comparisons between the situation and the objectives are uncertain.

b) Fleet evolution

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c) Fishing effort

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NETHERLANDS

a) Situation of the fleet

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Bold italic type indicates that the objectives have not been met. The tonnage objectives for the segments 4J2, 4J3 and 4J4 expressed in terms of GT are definitive. The tonnage objectives for the other segments have not been revised to take into account the remeasurement in units of GT, so the comparisons between the situation and the objectives are uncertain. The situation of the fleet and the final objectives have to be increased by 21.978 GT and 60.138 kW respectively to include vessels partly used in aquaculture, which were not covered by the MAGPs.

Revision of the objectives in connection with the "pelagic segment (4J2)"

In December 1999, the Dutch Authorities presented to the Commission a request for an increase in capacity. The request was based on the identification of additional fishing opportunities mainly in the waters off West Africa (Mauritania).

On the basis of extensive scientific advice, the Commission has accepted to increase the final objectives of this segment by 44.888 GT and 41.489 kW, under the condition of a "Special National Fishing Effort Scheme", in order to avoid any possible relocation of this new capacity towards Northern pelagic stocks in Community and International waters. The final objectives of this segment have to be adapted accordingly.

Revision of the objectives in connection with the "all gears segment (4J7)"

In December 2002, the Netherlands asked to register some vessels involved in artisan coastal and inland fisheries, which were not registered previously due to doubts about their professional status. The request concerns 27 vessels using fixed gears and operating in the 'Wadden Sea' and amounts to 2.279 kW and 753 GT. The final objectives of segment 4J7 have to be adapted accordingly.

b) Fleet evolution

Evolution of global fleet capacity in GT* compared to objectives.

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Evolution of global fleet capacity in kW compared to objectives.

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c) Fishing effort

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d) Cumulative fishing effort for segments subject to a system for the management of fishing effort

Netherlands

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Netherlands - 4J2 Pelagic trawlers

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Situation // Objectives

Netherlands - 4J3 Cutters > 221 kW

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Situation // Objectives

Netherlands - 4J4 Cutters „ 221 kW

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Situation // Objectives

Netherlands - 4J5 Small vessels

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PORTUGAL

a) Situation of the fleet

During the second half of 2002 Portugal communicated sporadically data on its fleet as required by Commission Regulation (EC) No 2090/98 [12]. The following table is based on information provided by Portugal in accordance with Article 5 of Council Regulation (EC) No 2792/1999 [13]. Note that the figures for the Azores and Madeira are based on information of the first semester of 2002.

[12] OJ L 266, 1.10.1998, p. 27.

[13] OJ L 337, 30.12.1999, p. 10.

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It should be noted that the tonnage objectives have not been revised to take into account the remeasurement in units of GT, so the comparisons between the situation and the objectives are uncertain.

b) Fleet evolution

Evolution of global fleet capacity in GT* compared to objectives.

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Evolution of global fleet capacity in kW compared to objectives.

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c) Fishing effort

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SWEDEN

a) Situation of the fleet

Sweden

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Bold italic type indicates that the objectives have not been met. It should be noted that the tonnage objectives have not been revised to take into account the remeasurement in units of GT, so the comparisons between the situation and the objectives are uncertain. The final tonnage objectives for the segment 4M2, 4M3, 4M4 have to be increased by 11 GT, 458 GT and 88 GT respectively as approved by Commission Decision 2003/245/EC to take into account the improvements on safety, navigation at sea, hygiene, product quality and working conditions for vessels of more than 12 m in length overall.

b) Fleet evolution

Evolution of global fleet capacity in GT* compared to objectives.

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Evolution of global fleet capacity in kW compared to objectives.

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c) Fishing effort

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d) Cumulative fishing effort for segments subject to a system for the management of fishing effort

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Sweden - 4M4 Bottom trawlers

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