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    France and Belgium ban pulse fishing

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    France and Belgium have both legislated ahead of the electrical fishing phase-out to outlaw pulse fishing in their 12-mile zones

    Both France and Belgium have pre-empted the phasing out of electric fishing in the North Sea by introducing prohibitions on electric fishing in their national waters.

    In France the ban took effect on 14th of August, following an order by the prefecture of Normandy, as the Normandy Region has jurisdiction over France’s waters in the eastern Channel up to the border with Belgium.

    Pulse fishing is currently being phased out in stages, with the method to have been fully taken out of use by 30th June 2021 in all European waters.

    European law entitles member states to take their own measures on electrical fishing, and according to the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food, the decision was taken to implement a ban on electric fishing on account of the risks this method entails for the environment and marine stocks.

    The Ministry states that while no French vessels have been using pulse fishing gear, vessels from other Member States have access to French waters between 6 and 12 miles, therefore the step was taken to prohibit pulse fishing in national waters, out to the 12-mile limit, and Belgium has taken a similar step to keep electrical fishing out of its 12-mile zone.

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    Denmark’s small-scale fishermen want beamers out

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    Coastal fishermen from Thorup Strand and other Jutland fishing harbours claim that beam trawlers are destroying their fishing grounds

    A group of small-scale fishermen from north Jutland yesterday staged a protest by occupying the offices of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Copenhagen, demanding that beam trawlers be excluded from the Skagerrak.

    The small-scale coastal fishermen from Hanstholm, Thorup Strand, Løkken, Hirtshals and Skagen in northern Jutland occupied the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Copenhagen, the national authority responsible for fisheries. Their goal is to draw attention to an what they describe as an environmental disaster taking place in the Skagerrak, and they are demanding the expulsion of the Dutch beam trawl fleet that they feel is causing it.

    ‘We simply can’t make a living any more. The seabed is being destroyed and the fish are gone. Now the responsible authorities must act,’ said Thorup Strand fisherman and the group’s spokesman Jesper Olsen.

    According to the group, the Dutch beam trawl fleet normally fishes in the southern North Sea, but they started to appear on Danish grounds three years ago.

    With poor catches further south as pulse trawling is restricted ahead of an all-out prohibition, they Jutland fishermen say that some pulse vessel owners decided convert to relocate to the Skaggerak in search of better fishing.

    The status of plaice and sole stocks in the southern North Sea is a cause for concern, with Dutch pulse vessels and beam trawlers only able to catch between 60% and 70% of their quotas.

    ‘Beam trawlers must leave the Skagerrak for good. Neither the fish and the marine environment nor the small-scale fishermen will survive if they stay,’ said Hanstholm fisherman Henry Fjord.

    The Danish fishermen are calling for an immediate halt to the destruction of the marine environment and their fishing grounds; they demand that the Skagerrak is closed to beam trawling.

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    Electric fishing : only 22 licences left for the Netherlands

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    Commissioner questioned on pulse gear evidence

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    Dutch MEPs plan to re-open the debate on pulse fishing

    According to Dutch MEP Peter van Dalen, scientific reports published by ICES make it clear that pulse trawling has a significantly lower impact on the environment than conventional beam trawling. The aim to re-open the pulse trawl debate.

    His standpoint is that the pulse ban should be rescinded, and together with fellow MEPs Annie Schreijer-Pierik, Bert-Jan Ruissen and Jan Huitema, Peter van Dalen – who is also vice-chair of the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee – has sent written questions to European Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius in response to the published study.

    The group are asking the Commission if it is aware of this work done by ICES and what its views are, and whether or not the Commission will make an amendment to the Technical Measures Regulation, taking into account that the pulse ban is unjustified?

    They are also asking the Commission’s point of view on whether or not the decision to ban pulse fishing was unlawful and premature, considering there was no final scientific study of pulse fishing at the time the decision was taken.

    ‘In the EU, we take decisions on fisheries based on scientific studies. There is now a study by ICES on pulse fishing, which includes ten years of research. Pulse fishing is very beneficial both ecologically and economically. The ban on the pulse must be removed,’ Peter van Dalen said.

    The ban on pulse fishing was voted for by a majority in the European Parliament more than a year ago and since then the method has been in the process of being phased out.

    He commented that the vote went this way partly because pulse fishing was seen to be bad for the environment, while the work done by ICES now show this not to be the case.

    ‘In particular, the lobby from France and some dubious non-governmental organisations was very strong. Most Dutch MEPs have contested that prohibition,’ he said.

    ‘The ICES report is a basis for re-opening the discussion about the ban on pulse fishing. That is what we are going to do now.’

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