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92/72/EEC: Commission Decision of 20 December 1991 on the multiannual guidance programme for aquaculture (1992 to 1996) submitted by the Netherlands pursuant to Council Regulation (EEC) No 4028/86 (Only the Dutch text is authentic)

OJ L 29, 5.2.1992, p. 43–45 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT)

No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 31/12/1996



92/72/EEC: Commission Decision of 20 December 1991 on the multiannual guidance programme for aquaculture (1992 to 1996) submitted by the Netherlands pursuant to Council Regulation (EEC) No 4028/86 (Only the Dutch text is authentic)

Official Journal L 029 , 05/02/1992 P. 0043 - 0045

COMMISSION DECISION of 20 December 1991 on the multiannual guidance programme for aquaculture (1992 to 1996) submitted by the Netherlands pursuant to Council Regulation (EEC) No 4028/86 (Only the Dutch text is authentic) (92/72/EEC)


Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EEC) No 4028/86 of 18 December 1986 on Community measures to improve and adapt structures in the fisheries and aquaculture sector (1), as last amended by Regulation (EEC) No 3944/90 (2), and in particular Articles 2 and 4 thereof,

Whereas the structural policies implemented by the Community in the aquaculture sector must have development objectives which are compatible with all Community policies and must contribute to the establishment of the common economic area;

Whereas those objectives must ensure more far-reaching economic and social cohesion while allowing market rules to apply;

Whereas it is more important to create the conditions favourable to development than to make provision for specific measures only;

Whereas steps should be taken to coordinate, in a comprehensive and coherent framework, the operations of the financial instruments both in the Community and in the Member States;

Whereas, in areas where it is being developed, aquaculture interacts with the natural environment; whereas, in certain circumstances, aquaculture may in some cases affect the environment positively and in others negatively;

Whereas Council Directives 91/67/EEC (3), 91/492/EEC (4) and 91/493/EEC (5) harmonize the rules governing animal health and public health as applied to fish farms;

Whereas pressure on space and in particular intense competition regarding the use of the coastline are a major constraint on the development of aquaculture; whereas it is essential, therefore, that preference be given to a policy of identifying sites which are suitable for the development of aquaculture as an integral part of the landscape and to coastline development projects;

Whereas the future of aquaculture will be determined also by the ability of the industry to increase the range of production by operating experimental farms and pilot projects arising from research;

Whereas the Netherlands Government forwarded to the Commission a multiannual guidance programme for aquaculture and the provision of protected marine areas, hereinafter called 'the programme'; whereas on 20 November 1991 it forwarded the latest additional information concerning the programme;

Whereas the aim of the programme is to reduce operating costs and improve the productivity of existing farms, to develop the rearing of new species and raise the health and environmental standards of existing aquaculture farms in the Netherlands; whereas the Member State considers that approximately ECU 22 million are necessary for the completion of the programme; whereas the approval of the programme is without prejudice to any later selection of individual investment projects;

Whereas the programme concerns all the structural policies implemented in the aquaculture sector of the Member State concerned;

Whereas the aquaculture sector is developing within a commercial framework, a feature of which is the growth of international competition; whereas the development of the market in aquaculture species could entail the need to adjust the objectives for the production of certain species;

Whereas flexible planning is required based on routine monitoring of the factors of production and market conditions; whereas a close watch needs to be kept on the programme, therefore, and this can only be done if reliable figures are available which are regularly updated and which apply to the national territory as a whole;

Whereas the measures provided for in this Decision are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee for the Fishing Industry,


Article 1

The multiannual guidance programme for aquaculture (1992 - 1996) and the provision of protected marine areas, as forwarded by the Netherlands Government and as last supplemented on 20 November 1991, the essential contents of which are set out in the Annex hereto, is hereby approved subject to the conditions laid down in this Decision.

Article 2

1. The planning of the measures for the development and rationalization of aquaculture production corresponding to the investments provided for in the Annex hereto shall be carried out with due regard for the priorities set by the various Regulations governing the Community structural policies.

2. Special attention must be given during the implementation of the programme to the interaction between the development of the aquaculture sector and the environment and to the health conditions of fish farms and their products.

3. Preference shall be given to investment projects to which the Member State applies rules favourable to the development of aquaculture and protected marine areas.

4. Preference shall be given to innovative projects based on adequate research work and ensuring in the long term the diversification of production.

5. The production objectives of the programme must be checked at regular intervals and adjusted, if necessary, in line with the development of the market for fishery and aquaculture products.

Article 3

The Commission shall inform the Member State, if necessary, within six months following 1 April each year, of the failure to comply with the conditions to which approval of the programme was made subject, on the basis of an examination of the periodic summary reports provided for in Article 5 of Regulation (EEC) No 4028/86, or in the absence thereof.

Article 4

The Commission draws attention to the fact that the investment estimates contained in this programme are without prejudice to any financial aid the Community may grant.

Article 5

This Decision is addressed to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Done at Brussels, 20 December 1991. For the Commission

Manuel MARÍN


(1) OJ No L 376, 31. 12. 1986, p. 7. (2) OJ No L 380, 31. 12. 1990, p. 1. (3) OJ No L 46, 19. 2. 1991, p. 1. (4) OJ No L 268, 24. 9. 1991, p. 1. (5) OJ No L 268, 24. 9. 1991, p. 15.



Principal sectors

Mussels, oysters, eel, catfish, trout.


Coastal waters (molluscs) and the entire country for recycled water rearing systems.


Raising of effluent discharge costs (environment charges) in the case of fish and monitoring of water quality in the case of molluscs.

More stringent compliance with and monitoring of environmental standards.


Improvement of techniques for rearing freshwater catfish and eels.

For oysters and mussels, trials involving suspended cultivation.


Increased attention to disease and problems associated with drug residues (eel, catfish and trout).

Caution in relation to disease prevention (especially for mussels).

Research on the disease Bonamia affecting flat oysters.

Legislative aspects/funding of investments

More stringent application of the laws governing land use, pollution, waste water purification and discharge.

Estimated cost of the programme for 1992 to 1996: ECU 22 million.


Potential development of market for new fish species and vigilance in the case of existing markets (e.g. freshwater catfish).

Relative increase in oyster production.


To cut operating costs and improve productivity of existing farms.

To launch and develop new species, especially turbot, sea bass, sea bream and sturgeon and to promote competitive new farming techniques (molluscs).

To raise substantially the health and environmental standards of existing farms and prevent disease.