6.10.2015   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 259/5


COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) 2015/1778

of 25 June 2015

establishing fisheries conservation measures to protect reef zones in waters under the sovereignty of Denmark in the Baltic Sea and Kattegat

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

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

Having regard to Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 on the Common Fisheries Policy, amending Council Regulations (EC) No 1954/2003 and (EC) No 1224/2009 and repealing Council Regulations (EC) No 2371/2002 and (EC) No 639/2004 and Council Decision 2004/585/EC (1), and in particular Article 11 thereof,

Having regard to joint recommendation by Denmark, Germany and Sweden,

Whereas:

(1)

Pursuant to Article 11 of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013, Member States are empowered to adopt fisheries conservation measures in their waters that are necessary for the purpose of complying with their obligations under Union environmental legislation, including Article 6 of Council Directive 92/43/EEC (2).

(2)

Article 6 of Directive 92/43/EEC requires Member States to establish the necessary conservation measures for Special Areas of Conservation that correspond to the ecological requirements of natural habitat types and species present on the sites. It also requires Member States to take appropriate steps to avoid, in the special areas of conservation, the deterioration of natural habitats and the habitats of species as well as significant disturbance of the species for which the areas have been designated.

(3)

Denmark considers that, for the purpose of complying with Article 6 of Directive 92/43/EEC, conservation measures need to be adopted in certain areas under its sovereignty in the Kattegat and the Baltic Sea. If necessary fisheries conservation measures affect the fishery of other Member States, the Member States may submit these measures in joint recommendations to the Commission.

(4)

Germany and Sweden have a direct management interest in the fishery to be affected by such measures. In accordance with Article 11(3) of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013, Denmark provided Germany and Sweden with relevant information on the measures required, including their rationale, scientific evidence in support and details on their practical implementation and enforcement.

(5)

On 13 March 2015 Denmark, Germany and Sweden submitted to the Commission two joint recommendations for fisheries conservation measures to protect reef structures in Danish Natura 2000 sites. Those recommendations were submitted after having consulted stakeholders, the Baltic Sea Advisory Council and North Sea Advisory Council

(6)

The recommended measures concern seven Natura 2000 sites in the Baltic Sea and three sites in the Kattegat. They comprise the prohibition of fishing activities with mobile bottom contacting gear in reef zones and the prohibition of all fishing activities in bubbling reef zones.

(7)

In its scientific advice, the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee on Fisheries (‘STECF’) (3) states that the conservation objectives within the special areas referred to in the joint recommendations cannot be fully achieved without appropriate measures to prevent fishing activity in the areas.

(8)

Bottom fishing activity with mobile bottom contacting gear has a negative impact on reef habitats, as such activity affects both the reef structures and the biodiversity found at the reefs. Therefore the prohibition to fish with such gears in the relevant reef areas, as set out in the joint recommendations, should be included in this Regulation.

(9)

Bubbling reefs are especially fragile structures and any physical impact is a threat to their conservation status. Accordingly, the prohibition of all fishing activities in the relevant bubbling reef areas, as set out in the joint recommendations, should be included in this Regulation.

(10)

STECF identifies some concerns as regards the control and enforcement of the conservation measures and considers that additional control measures may be appropriate. In accordance with Article 5 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009 (4). Member States are required to adopt appropriate measures, allocate adequate resources and set up the structures necessary for ensuring control, inspection and enforcement of activities carried out within the scope of the common fisheries policy (CFP). This may include measures such as the requirement of submitting VMS positions with increased frequency by all vessels concerned or identifying the areas as high risk in the national control system based on risk management, addressing the concerns of STECF.

(11)

It is appropriate to ensure the assessment of the measures established by this Regulation, in particular as regards the control of compliance with fishing prohibitions.

(12)

The fisheries conservation measures established by this Regulation are without prejudice of any other existing or future management measures aiming at the conservation of the sites concerned, including fisheries conservation measures,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Subject matter and scope

1.   This Regulation establishes fisheries conservation measures necessary for compliance with obligations under Article 6 of Directive 92/43/EEC.

2.   This Regulation applies to fishing vessels flying the flag of Denmark, Germany and Sweden (‘the Member States concerned’) in waters under the sovereignty of Denmark in the Baltic Sea and Kattegat.

Article 2

Definitions

For the purposes of this Regulation, in addition to those laid down in Article 4 of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 and Article 2 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 404/2011 (5), the following definitions shall apply:

(a)

‘bottom contacting gear’ means any of the following gear: bottom trawl, beam trawl, bottom otter trawl, otter twin trawl, bottom pair trawl, nephrops trawl, shrimp trawl, seine net, Danish anchor seine, Scottish seine, boat or vessel seine and dredge;

(b)

‘Areas 1’ mean the geographical areas enclosed by sequentially joining with rhumb lines the positions listed in Annex I to this Regulation, which shall be measured according to the WGS84 coordinate system;

(c)

‘Areas 2’ mean the geographical areas enclosed by sequentially joining with rhumb lines the positions listed in Annex II to this Regulation, which shall be measured according to the WGS84 coordinate system.

Article 3

Fishing prohibition

1.   It shall be prohibited to carry out any fishing activity with bottom contacting gears in Areas 1.

2.   It shall be prohibited to carry out any fishing activity in Areas 2.

3.   Fishing vessels carrying on board any bottom contacting gear may carry out fishing activities in Areas 1 with gears other than those gears and may transit across Areas 1, provided that the bottom contacting gears be lashed and stowed in accordance with the conditions laid down in Article 47 of Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009.

4.   Fishing vessels may transit across Areas 2, provided that any gear carried on board be lashed and stowed in accordance with the conditions laid down in Article 47 of (EC) No 1224/2009.

Article 4

Assessment

1.   Member States concerned shall assess the implementation of the measures set out in Article 3 at latest 18 months after the entry into force of this Regulation, including the control of compliance with the fishing prohibitions provided for in Article 3.

2.   Member States concerned shall submit a summary report of the assessment to the Commission 19 months after the entry into force of this Regulation.

Article 5

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

It shall apply from 1 January 2016.

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

Done at Brussels, 25 June 2015.

For the Commission

The President

Jean-Claude JUNCKER


(1)  OJ L 354, 28.12.2013, p. 22

(2)  Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (OJ L 206, 22.7.1992, p. 7).

(3)  http://stecf.jrc.ec.europa.eu/documents/43805/991908/STECF-PLEN-15-01_JRCxxx.pdf

(4)  Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009 of 20 November 2009 establishing a Community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the common fisheries policy, amending Regulations (EC) No 847/96, (EC) No 2371/2002, (EC) No 811/2004, (EC) No 768/2005, (EC) No 2115/2005, (EC) No 2166/2005, (EC) No 388/2006, (EC) No 509/2007, (EC) No 676/2007, (EC) No 1098/2007, (EC) No 1300/2008, (EC) No 1342/2008 and repealing Regulations (EEC) No 2847/93, (EC) No 1627/94 and (EC) No 1966/2006 (OJ L 343, 22.12.2009, p. 1).

(5)  Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 404/2011 of 8 April 2011 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009 establishing a Community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy (OJ L 112, 30.4.2011, p. 1)


ANNEX I

Areas 1: Coordinates of stone reef protection zones

1.   Munkegrund

Point

Latitude N

Longitude E

1S

55°57.190′

10°51.690′

2S

55°57.465′

10°51.403′

3S

55°57.790′

10°51.477′

4S

55°57.976′

10°52.408′

5S

55°57.985′

10°54.231′

6S

55°58.092′

10°54.315′

7S

55°58.092′

10°57.432′

8S

55°57.920′

10°57.864′

9S

55°57.526′

10°57.861′

10S

55°56.895′

10°57.241′

11S

55°57.113′

10°53.418′

12S

55°57.050′

10°53.297′

13S

55°57.100′

10°52.721′

14S

55°57.275′

10°52.662′

15S

55°57.296′

10°52.435′

16S

55°57.399′

10°52.244′

17S

55°57.417′

10°52.116′

18S

55°57.251′

10°52.121′

19S

55°57.170′

10°51.919′

20S

55°57.190′

10°51.690′

2.   Hatterbarn

Point

Latitude N

Longitude E

1S

55°51.942′

10°49.294′

2S

55°52.186′

10°49.309′

3S

55°52.655′

10°49.509′

4S

55°52.676′

10°49.407′

5S

55°52.892′

10°49.269′

6S

55°52.974′

10°49.388′

7S

55°53.273′

10°49.620′

8S

55°53.492′

10°50.201′

9S

55°53.451′

10°50.956′

10S

55°53.576′

10°51.139′

11S

55°53.611′

10°51.737′

12S

55°53.481′

10°52.182′

13S

55°53.311′

10°52.458′

14S

55°53.013′

10°52.634′

15S

55°52.898′

10°52.622′

16S

55°52.778′

10°52.335′

17S

55°52.685′

10°52.539′

18S

55°52.605′

10°52.593′

19S

55°52.470′

10°52.586′

20S

55°52.373′

10°52.724′

21S

55°52.286′

10°52.733′

22S

55°52.129′

10°52.572′

23S

55°52.101′

10°52.360′

24S

55°52.191′

10°52.169′

25S

55°51.916′

10°51.824′

26S

55°51.881′

10°51.648′

27S

55°51.970′

10°51.316′

28S

55°51.976′

10°51.064′

29S

55°52.325′

10°50.609′

30S

55°52.647′

10°50.687′

31S

55°52.665′

10°50.519′

32S

55°52.091′

10°50.101′

33S

55°51.879′

10°50.104′

34S

55°51.810′

10°49.853′

35S

55°51.790′

10°49.482′

36S

55°51.942′

10°49.294′

3.   Ryggen

Point

Latitude N

Longitude E

1S

55°37.974′

11°44.258′

2S

55°37.942′

11°45.181′

3S

55°37.737′

11°45.462′

4S

55°37.147′

11°44.956′

5S

55°36.985′

11°45.019′

6S

55°36.828′

11°44.681′

7S

55°36.521′

11°44.658′

8S

55°36.527′

11°43.575′

9S

55°37.163′

11°43.663′

10S

55°37.334′

11°43.889′

11S

55°37.974′

11°44.258′

4.   Broen

Point

Latitude N

Longitude E

1S

55°11.953′

11°0.089′

2S

55°12.194′

11°0.717′

3S

55°12.316′

11°0.782′

4S

55°12.570′

11°1.739′

5S

55°12.743′

11°1.917′

6S

55°12.911′

11°2.291′

7S

55°12.748′

11°2.851′

8S

55°12.487′

11°3.188′

9S

55°12.291′

11°3.088′

10S

55°12.274′

11°3.108′

11S

55°12.336′

11°3.441′

12S

55°12.023′

11°3.705′

13S

55°11.751′

11°2.984′

14S

55°11.513′

11°2.659′

15S

55°11.390′

11°2.269′

16S

55°11.375′

11°2.072′

17S

55°11.172′

11°1.714′

18S

55°11.069′

11°0.935′

19S

55°11.099′

11°0.764′

20S

55°11.256′

11°0.588′

21S

55°11.337′

11°0.483′

22S

55°11.582′

11°0.251′

23S

55°11.603′

11°0.254′

24S

55°11.841′

11°0.033′

25S

55°11.953′

11°0.089′

5.   Ertholmene

Point

Latitude N

Longitude E

1S

55°19.496′

15°9.290′

2S

55°20.441′

15°9.931′

3S

55°20.490′

15°10.135′

4S

55°20.284′

15°10.690′

5S

55°20.216′

15°10.690′

6S

55°20.004′

15°11.187′

7S

55°19.866′

15°11.185′

8S

55°19.596′

15°11.730′

9S

55°19.820′

15°12.157′

10S

55°19.638′

15°12.539′

11S

55°19.131′

15°12.678′

12S

55°18.804′

15°11.892′

13S

55°18.847′

15°10.967′

14S

55°19.445′

15°9.885′

15S

55°19.387′

15°9.717′

16S

55°19.496′

15°9.290′

6.   Davids Banke

Point

Latitude N

Longitude E

1S

55°20.167′

14°41.386′

2S

55°20.354′

14°40.754′

3S

55°21.180′

14°39.936′

4S

55°22.000′

14°39.864′

5S

55°22.331′

14°39.741′

6S

55°22.449′

14°39.579′

7S

55°23.150′

14°39.572′

8S

55°23.299′

14°39.890′

9S

55°23.287′

14°40.793′

10S

55°23.011′

14°41.201′

11S

55°22.744′

14°41.206′

12S

55°22.738′

14°41.775′

13S

55°22.628′

14°42.111′

14S

55°22.203′

14°42.439′

15S

55°22.050′

14°42.316′

16S

55°21.981′

14°41.605′

17S

55°21.050′

14°41.818′

18S

55°20.301′

14°41.676′

19S

55°20.167′

14°41.386′

7.   Bakkebrædt & Bakkegrund

Point

Latitude N

Longitude E

1S

54°57.955′

14°44.869′

2S

54°58.651′

14°41.755′

3S

54°59.234′

14°41.844′

4S

54°59.458′

14°43.025′

5S

54°59.124′

14°44.441′

6S

54°59.034′

14°44.429′

7S

54°58.781′

14°45.240′

8S

54°58.298′

14°45.479′

9S

54°58.134′

14°45.406′

10S

54°57.955′

14°44.869′

8.   Herthas Flak

Point

Latitude N

Longitude E

1S

57°39.422′

10°49.118′

2S

57°39.508′

10°49.602′

3S

57°39.476′

10°49.672′

4S

57°39.680′

10°50.132′

5S

57°39.312′

10°50.813′

6S

57°39.301′

10°51.290′

7S

57°38.793′

10°52.365′

8S

57°38.334′

10°53.201′

9S

57°38.150′

10°52.931′

10S

57°38.253′

10°52.640′

11S

57°37.897′

10°51.936′

12S

57°38.284′

10°51.115′

13S

57°38.253′

10°50.952′

14S

57°38.631′

10°50.129′

15S

57°39.142′

10°49.201′

16S

57°39.301′

10°49.052′

17S

57°39.422′

10°49.118′

9.   Læsø Trindel & Tønneberg Banke

Point

Latitude N

Longitude E

1S

57°25.045′

11°6.757′

2S

57°26.362′

11°6.858′

3S

57°27.224′

11°9.239′

4S

57°26.934′

11°10.026′

5S

57°27.611′

11°10.938′

6S

57°28.053′

11°11.000′

7S

57°28.184′

11°11.547′

8S

57°28.064′

11°11.808′

9S

57°28.843′

11°13.844′

10S

57°29.158′

11°15.252′

11S

57°29.164′

11°16.861′

12S

57°29.017′

11°17.266′

13S

57°29.080′

11°17.597′

14S

57°28.729′

11°18.494′

15S

57°28.486′

11°18.037′

16S

57°28.258′

11°18.269′

17S

57°27.950′

11°18.239′

18S

57°27.686′

11°18.665′

19S

57°27.577′

11°18.691′

20S

57°27.525′

11°18.808′

21S

57°27.452′

11°18.837′

22S

57°27.359′

11°18.818′

23S

57°26.793′

11°17.929′

24S

57°27.984′

11°15.500′

25S

57°27.676′

11°14.758′

26S

57°25.998′

11°17.309′

27S

57°25.946′

11°17.488′

28S

57°26.028′

11°17.555′

29S

57°26.060′

11°17.819′

30S

57°26.011′

11°18.360′

31S

57°25.874′

11°18.666′

32S

57°25.683′

11°18.646′

33S

57°25.417′

11°18.524′

34S

57°25.377′

11°18.408′

35S

57°25.330′

11°18.039′

36S

57°25.175′

11°17.481′

37S

57°24.928

11°17.579′

38S

57°24.828′

11°17.366′

39S

57°24.891′

11°17.049′

40S

57°25.128′

11°17.118′

41S

57°25.249′

11°16.721′

42S

57°25.211′

11°16.592′

43S

57°25.265′

11°16.162′

44S

57°25.170′

11°15.843′

45S

57°25.245′

11°15.562′

46S

57°25.208′

11°15.435′

47S

57°25.278′

11°15.083′

48S

57°25.462′

11°15.059′

49S

57°25.517′

11°15.007′

50S

57°25.441′

11°14.613′

51S

57°25.610′

11°14.340′

52S

57°25.630′

11°14.119′

53S

57°25.629′

11°13.827′

54S

57°25.738′

11°13.658′

55S

57°25.610′

11°13.392′

56S

57°25.625′

11°13.176′

57S

57°25.933′

11°12.379′

58S

57°25.846′

11°11.959′

59S

57°25.482′

11°12.956′

60S

57°25.389′

11°13.083′

61S

57°25.221′

11°13.212′

62S

57°25.134′

11°13.221′

63S

57°25.031′

11°13.077′

64S

57°25.075′

11°12.751′

65S

57°24.817′

11°12.907′

66S

57°24.747′

11°12.862′

67S

57°24.616′

11°13.229′

68S

57°24.549′

11°13.240′

69S

57°24.347′

11°13.093′

70S

57°24.256′

11°13.288′

71S

57°24.145′

11°13.306′

72S

57°24.051′

11°13.138′

73S

57°23.818′

11°13.360′

74S

57°23.649′

11°13.280′

75S

57°23.553′

11°13.260′

76S

57°23.432′

11°13.088′

77S

57°23.416′

11°12.861′

78S

57°23.984′

11°9.081′

79S

57°25.045′

11°6.757′

10.   Lysegrund

Point

Latitude N

Longitude E

1S

56°19.367′

11°46.017′

2S

56°18.794′

11°48.153′

3S

56°17.625′

11°48.541′

4S

56°17.424′

11°48.117′

5S

56°17.864′

11°47.554′

6S

56°17.828′

11°47.265′

7S

56°17.552′

11°47.523′

8S

56°17.316′

11°47.305′

9S

56°17.134′

11°47.260′

10S

56°16.787′

11°46.753′

11S

56°16.462′

11°46.085′

12S

56°16.455′

11°43.620′

13S

56°17.354′

11°42.671′

14S

56°18.492′

11°42.689′

15S

56°18.950′

11°41.823′

16S

56°19.263′

11°41.870′

17S

56°19.802′

11°40.939′

18S

56°19.989′

11°41.516′

19S

56°18.967′

11°43.600′

20S

56°19.460′

11°44.951′

21S

56°19.367′

11°46.017′


ANNEX II

Areas 2: Coordinates of bubbling reef protection zones

1.   Herthas Flak bubbling reef zone

Point

Latitude N

Longitude E

1B

57°38.334′

10°53.201′

2B

57°38.15′

10°52.931′

3B

57°38.253′

10°52.64′

4B

57°38.237′

10°52.15′

5B

57°38.32′

10°51.974′

6B

57°38.632′

10°51.82′

7B

57°38.839′

10°52.261′

8B

57°38.794′

10°52.36′

9B

57°38.334′

10°53.201′

2.   Lysegrund bubbling reef zone

Point

Latitude N

Longitude E

1B

57°27.496′

11°15.033′

2B

57°25.988′

11°17.323′

3B

57°25.946′

11°17.488′

4B

57°25.417′

11°18.524′

5B

57°25.377′

11°18.408′

6B

57°25.346′

11°18.172′

7B

57°25.330′

11°18.039′

8B

57°25.175′

11°17.481′

9B

57°24.928′

11°17.579′

10B

57°24.828′

11°17.366′

11B

57°24.891′

11°17.049′

12B

57°25.128′

11°17.118′

13B

57°25.249′

11°16.721′

14B

57°25.211′

11°16.592′

15B

57°25.263′

11°16.177′

16B

57°25.170′

11°15.843′

17B

57°25.240′

11°15.549′

18B

57°26.861′

11°15.517′

19B

57°26.883′

11°14.998′

20B

57°27.496′

11°15.033′