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Document 32012R0721

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 721/2012 of 6 August 2012 prohibiting fishing activities for longliners flying the flag of or registered in Greece or Malta, fishing for bluefin tuna in the Atlantic Ocean, east of longitude 45° W, and in the Mediterranean Sea

OJ L 212, 9.8.2012, p. 1–2 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 31/12/2012

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg_impl/2012/721/oj

9.8.2012   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 212/1


COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) No 721/2012

of 6 August 2012

prohibiting fishing activities for longliners flying the flag of or registered in Greece or Malta, fishing for bluefin tuna in the Atlantic Ocean, east of longitude 45° W, and in the Mediterranean Sea

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009 of 20 November 2009 establishing a Community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules on the common fisheries policy (1), and in particular Article 36, paragraph 2 thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Council Regulation (EU) No 44/2012 of 17 January 2012 fixing for 2012 the fishing opportunities available in EU waters and, to EU vessels, in certain non-EU waters for certain fish stocks and groups of fish stocks which are subject to international negotiations or agreements (2) fixes the amount of bluefin tuna which may be fished in 2012 in the Atlantic Ocean, east of longitude 45° W, and the Mediterranean Sea by European Union fishing vessels.

(2)

Council Regulation (EC) No 302/2009 of 6 April 2009 concerning a multiannual recovery plan for bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean, amending Regulation (EC) No 43/2009 and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1559/2007 (3), requires Member States to inform the Commission of the individual quota allocated to their vessels over 24 m and, for catching vessels less than 24 m, at least of the quota allocated to producer organisations or groups of vessels fishing with similar gear.

(3)

The common fisheries policy is designed to ensure the long-term viability of the fisheries sector through sustainable exploitation of living aquatic resources based on the precautionary approach.

(4)

In accordance with Article 36, paragraph 2 of Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009, where the Commission finds that, on the basis of information provided by Member States and of other information in its possession fishing opportunities available to the European Union, a Member State or group of Member States are deemed to have been exhausted for one or more gears or fleets, the Commission shall inform the Member States concerned thereof and shall prohibit fishing activities for the respective area, gear, stock, group of stocks or fleet involved in those specific fishing activities.

(5)

The information in the Commission’s possession indicates that the fishing opportunities for bluefin tuna in the Atlantic Ocean, east of longitude 45° W, and the Mediterranean Sea allocated to longliners flying the flag of or registered in Greece or Malta have been exhausted.

(6)

On 3 May 2012 Greece informed the Commission of the fact that it had imposed a stop on the fishing activities of its longline vessels active in the 2012 bluefin tuna fishery, with effect from that day at 00.00.

(7)

On 2 July 2012 Malta informed the Commission of the fact that it had imposed a stop on the fishing activities of its longline vessels active in the 2012 bluefin tuna fishery, with effect from 1 July at 00.00.

(8)

Without prejudice to the action by Greece and Malta mentioned above, it is necessary that the Commission confirms the prohibition of fishing for bluefin tuna in the Atlantic Ocean, east of longitude 45° W and the Mediterranean Sea as from 3 May 2012 at 00.00 for longliners flying the flag of or registered in Greece and as from 1 July 2012 at 00.00 for longliners flying the flag of or registered in Malta,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Fishing for bluefin tuna in the Atlantic Ocean, east of longitude 45° W, and the Mediterranean by longliners flying the flag of or registered in Greece shall be prohibited as from 3 May 2012 at 00.00 at the latest.

It shall also be prohibited to retain on board, place in cages for fattening or farming, tranship, transfer or land such stock caught by those vessels as from that date.

Article 2

Fishing for bluefin tuna in the Atlantic Ocean, east of longitude 45° W, and the Mediterranean by longliners flying the flag of or registered in Malta shall be prohibited as from 1 July 2012 at 00.00 at the latest.

It shall also be prohibited to retain on board, place in cages for fattening or farming, tranship, transfer or land such stock caught by those vessels as from that date.

Article 3

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

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

Done at Brussels, 6 August 2012.

For the Commission, On behalf of the President,

Antonio TAJANI

Vice-President


(1)   OJ L 343, 22.12.2009, p. 1.

(2)   OJ L 25, 27.1.2012, p. 55.

(3)   OJ L 96, 15.4.2009, p. 1.


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