Spain and France warned to clean up their fishing legislation
The EU has warned Spain and France that they are not doing enough to end the unnecessary practice of discarding fish.
Known as the landing obligation, the obligation was introduced during the last reform of the Common Fisheries Policy in 2013 to end the unnecessary and unsustainable practice of discards, when unwanted catches are handed over at the sea.
Spain and France are also accused of not having ensured the control and application of the obligation according to which all catches of species subject to catch limits and, in the Mediterranean, of species subject to sizes minimum, are brought and kept on board fishing vessels and then recorded, landed and counted against quotas, if applicable.
“Effective control and enforcement of fishing activities at sea and the accurate recording of catches and discards are essential for the implementation of the landing obligation and to support the long-term sustainability objectives of the policy. common fishing. It is also important to prevent, discourage and eliminate IUU fishing, ”the EU said on 23 September.
Spain and France have two months to fill in the gaps.
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