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Document 52019PC0123

Proposal for a COUNCIL REGULATION amending Regulation (EU) 2019/124 as regards certain fishing opportunities

COM/2019/123 final

Brussels, 4.3.2019

COM(2019) 123 final

2019/0068(NLE)

Proposal for a

COUNCIL REGULATION

amending Regulation (EU) 2019/124 as regards certain fishing opportunities


EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

1.CONTEXT OF THE PROPOSAL

Reasons for and objectives of the proposal

Council Regulation (EU) No 2019/124 fixes for 2019 the fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks and groups of fish stocks applicable in Union waters and, for Union vessels, in certain non-Union waters. These fishing opportunities are usually amended several times during the period in which they are in effect.

Consistency with existing policy provisions in the policy area

The measures proposed are designed in accordance with the objectives and the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy and are consistent with the Union's policy on sustainable development.

Consistency with other Union policies

The measures proposed are consistent with other Union policies, in particular with the policies in the field of environment.

2.LEGAL BASIS, SUBSIDIARITY AND PROPORTIONALITY

Legal basis

The legal basis of this proposal is Article 43(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

The Union's obligations for sustainable exploitation of living aquatic resources arise from obligations set out in Article 2 of the new basic regulation of the CFP.

Subsidiarity (for non-exclusive competence)

The proposal falls under the Union exclusive competence as referred to in Article 3(1)(d) of the Treaty. The subsidiarity principle therefore does not apply.

Proportionality

The proposal complies with the proportionality principle for the following reason: the CFP is a common policy. According to Article 43(3) of the Treaty it is incumbent upon the Council to adopt the measures on the fixing and allocation of fishing opportunities.

Choice of the instrument

Proposed instrument: regulation.

3.RESULTS OF EX-POST EVALUATIONS, STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATIONS AND IMPACT ASSESSMENTS

Ex-post evaluations/fitness checks of existing legislation

Not applicable

Stakeholder consultations

The Proposal takes into account the feedback form the stakeholders, Advisory Councils, the national administrations, fishermen organisations and non-governmental organisations.

Collection and use of expertise

The Proposal is based on the scientific advice of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).

Impact assessment

The scope of the fishing opportunities regulation is circumscribed by Article 43(3) of the Treaty.

Regulatory fitness and simplification

Not applicable.

Fundamental rights

Not applicable.

4.BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS

The proposed measures will have no budgetary implications.

5.OTHER ELEMENTS

Detailed explanation of the specific provisions of the proposal

The proposed amendments seek to modify Regulation (EU) 2019/124 as described below.

Sandeel is a short-lived species and the scientific advice becomes available in the second half of February, while the fishery starts already in April. In Council Regulation (EU) 2019/124 the total allowable catch (TAC) limits were set at zero. Therefore, they should be amended in line with the latest scientific advice from ICES.

The 15th regular session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) took place on 9-14 December 2018. The measures agreed in that session should be implemented in the law of the Union.

2019/0068 (NLE)

Proposal for a

COUNCIL REGULATION

amending Regulation (EU) 2019/124 as regards certain fishing opportunities

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 43(3) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

Whereas:

(1)Council Regulation (EU) No 2019/124 1 fixes for 2019 the fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks and groups of fish stocks applicable in Union waters and, for Union vessels, in certain non-Union waters.

(2)At its annual meeting in 2018, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) maintained conservation measures for swordfish and tropical tunas. Those measures should be implemented in the law of the Union.

(3)In Regulation (EU) 2019/124, the total allowable catch (TAC) for sandeel in ICES divisions 2a and 3a and ICES subarea 4, was set at zero. Sandeel is a short-lived species and the relevant scientific advice becomes available in the second half of February, while the fishery starts already in April.

(4)The catch limits for sandeel in ICES divisions 2a and 3a and ICES subarea 4 should now be amended in line with the latest scientific advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), issued on [22 February 2019].

(5)Regulation (EU) 2019/124 should be amended accordingly.

(6)The catch limits provided for in Regulation (EU) 2019/124 apply from 1 January 2019. The provisions introduced by this amending Regulation concerning catch limits should therefore also apply from that date. Such retroactive application is without prejudice to the principles of legal certainty and protection of legitimate expectations as the fishing opportunities concerned have not yet been exhausted,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Annexes IA, IH and VII to Regulation (EU) 2019/124 are amended in accordance with the Annex to this Regulation.

Article 2

This Regulation shall enter into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

It shall apply from 1 January 2019.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels,

   For the Council

   The President

(1)    Council Regulation (EU) 2019/124 of 30 January 2019 fixing for 2019 the fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks and groups of fish stocks, applicable in Union waters and, for Union fishing vessels, in certain non-Union waters (OJ L 29, 31.01.2019, p. 1).
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Brussels, 4.3.2019

COM(2019) 123 final

ANNEX

to the

Proposal for a

COUNCIL REGULATION

amending Regulation (EU) 2019/124 as regards certain fishing opportunities


ANNEX

1.In Annex IA to Regulation (EU) 2019/124, the fishing opportunities table for sandeel in Union waters of ICES divisions 2a and 3a and ICES subarea 4 is replaced by the following:

Species:

Sandeel and associated by-catches

Zone:

Union waters of 2a, 3a and 4(1)

 

Ammodytes spp.

 

 

 

 

Denmark

 

pm

(2)

Analytical TAC

 

 

United Kingdom

pm

(2)

Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 847/96 shall not apply

Germany

pm

(2)

Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 847/96 shall not apply

Sweden

pm

(2)

Union

pm

TAC

pm

(1)

Excluding waters within six nautical miles of the UK baselines at Shetland, Fair Isle and Foula.

(2)

Up to 2 % of the quota may consist of by-catches of whiting and mackerel (OT1/*2A3A4). By-catches of whiting and mackerel counted against the quota pursuant to this provision and by-catches of species counted against the quota pursuant to Article 15(8) of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 shall, together, not exceed 9 % of the quota. 

Special condition: within the limits of the abovementioned quotas, no more than the quantities given below may be taken in the following sandeel management areas, as defined in Annex IID:

Zone: Union waters of sandeel management areas

1r

2r(1)

3r

4

5r

6

7r

(SAN/234_1R)

(SAN/234_2R)

(SAN/234_3R)

(SAN/234_4)

(SAN/234_5R)

(SAN/234_6)

(SAN/234_7R)

Denmark

pm

pm

pm

pm

pm

pm

pm

United Kingdom

pm

pm

pm

pm

pm

pm

pm

Germany

pm

pm

pm

pm

pm

pm

pm

Sweden

pm

pm

pm

pm

pm

pm

pm

Union

pm

pm

pm

pm

pm

pm

pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

pm

pm

pm

pm

pm

pm

pm

 (1) In management area 2r the TAC may only be fished as a monitoring TAC with an associated sampling protocol for the fishery 

”.

2.Annex IH to Regulation (EU) 2019/124 is replaced by the following:

ANNEX IH

WCPFC CONVENTION AREA

Species:

Swordfish

Xiphias gladius

Zone:

WCPFC Convention Area south of 20° S

(SWO/F7120S)

Union

3 170,36

Precautionary TAC

TAC

Not relevant

”.

3.Annex VII to Regulation (EU) 2019/124 is replaced by the following:

“ANNEX VII

WCPFC CONVENTION AREA

Maximum number of Union fishing vessels authorised to fish for swordfish in areas south of 20° S of the WCPFC Convention Area

Spain

14

Union

14

”.

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