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    'Emotion wins over science'

    http://fiskerforum.dk/en/news/b/emot...s-over-science

    As a majority of MEPs voted yesterday in Strasbourg for a complete ban on electric fishing gear in Europe. Durk van Tuinen of the Dutch Fishermen’s Association described the result of the vote as a ‘dramatic outcome.’ He and other representatives of the Dutch industry and fishing communities were present as the vote took place.

    The vote took place as one on a raft of measures that the European Parliament was called on to cast its votes on, updating more than thirty existing regulations, also providing for specific measures to be adapted to regional needs. But the amendment referring to pulse fishing was the one the industry and pressure groups were waiting for.

    MEPs voted to pass the amendment calling for pulse fishing to be ended by 402 votes to 232, with 40 abstentions.

    ‘This outcome has major consequences for many family businesses in the fishing industry,’ said VisNed’s Pim Visser, adding that while there had been indications in recent weeks that the mood was set against pulse fishing, the expectation was not that the result would be a total ban.

    The result of the vote in the European Parliament is undoubtedly a significant blow for the Dutch fisheries sector. ‘Each pulse fisherman has invested heavily in the innovative pulse gear. Switching back to conventional gear is a financial trap for many fishing companies, precisely because of the fuel consumption that pulse fishing had halved. These fishermen and their families are the ones who are now presented with the bill,’ Durk Van Tuinen said.

    ‘The decision of the MEPs has been taken contrary to scientifically verified information,’ Pim Visser said.

    ‘They mainly focused on Fake News, such as 'Dutch Fishermen Empty the Sea' and 'Pulse Fishermen Electrocute Fish' that has come from extremist groups in France. All that is sheer nonsense. We have done our best to provide MEPs with scientific information,’ he said, commenting that all the allegations of fraud and misrepresentation that have wrongly been made against the Dutch pulse fleet have been refuted with scientific evidence.

    According to Durk van Tuinen, it is now down to the European Parliament will now negotiate with the European Commission and the European Council.

    ‘The European Commission is in favour of the pulse gear and will commit to continuing the research. It is not possible that emotion will win over scientific research,’ Pim Visser said, adding that tripartite negotiations now take place and they await the results.

    ‘This outcome negates all the work on sustainability that the Dutch fleet has done,’ he said.

    Source: De Nederlandse Vissersbond

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    LIFE congratulates MEPs

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    Following the overwhelming vote in the European Parliament to ban the use of electric pulse beam trawling, LIFE’s Executive Director, Jerry Percy stated that ‘it is so important to reiterate yet again that our resistance to the use of electric pulse fishing was not based on ‘fake news,’ jealousy between fishermen or NGO dogma.’

    He said that this was a direct result of the numerous first hand observations of other commercial fishermen from the UK, Belgium, France and even the Netherlands as these mainly inshore fishermen highlighted the massive negative impact that these boats have had.

    ‘As the representative body for small scale fishermen across Europe, LIFE has a responsibility to accurately reflect their concerns and fight for their survival,’ he said.

    ‘When these fishermen were reporting the dramatic loss of not just commercial fish stocks but also negative impacts on almost every other form of life on and in the R03;seabed, we were duty bound to take notice and support them in their cause. When it became increasingly clear to MEPs and many others that electric fishing had some serious and unacceptable downsides then no amount of quasi science and bluster was going to fool them for long.’

    ‘There is also no doubt that using the cloak of ‘research’ while at the same time operating a massive commercial undertaking with close on a hundred very large electric beam trawlers running rampant across the southern North Sea was never going to survive the glare of publicity for very long.’

    Jerry Percy said that at an initial meeting with Dutch pulse interests where they talked about closed areas to their trawlers, LIFE suggested that if the method was so harmless then they should keep it confined to Dutch waters only until they could prove it so.

    ‘Neither the Dutch or their colleagues in the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations supported this suggestion and at a subsequent meeting where LIFE was excluded, a deal of sorts was agreed. One UK fisherman participant described the meeting as nothing more than a PR job and likely to follow the same result as a similar meeting four years ago when the Dutch identified some closed areas, and then simply completely ignored the agreement.’

    According to LIFE, there is an increasing recognition of the value of integrating first hand observations by fishermen into the wider scientific evaluation of fisheries.

    ‘This instance is a case in point and it is particularly worrying that the NFFO will still not support local UK fishermen’s demands for a full ban on this method,’ he said, commenting that fish should be an entirely renewable resource, harvested sustainably for the benefit of fishermen, fishing communities and the wider public.

    ‘LIFE’s purpose is to ensure that as many fishermen as possible can make a living, rather than a few make a fortune. Electric pulse fishing was the opposite of this aspiration and we are immensely grateful to all of these who contributed to this overwhelming vote for common sense and a sustainable future.’

    Source: LIFE

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    The Netherlands exclaimed the ban on pulse fishing

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    Dutch and EU ‘gave hidden subsidies to pulse beam fleet’

    http://fishingnews.co.uk/news/hidden...se-beam-fleet/

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    Advice explainer: ecological and environmental effects of pulse trawling

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    ICES not been near the east coast of England then , this flies in the face of all the information gathered by the fishing industry

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    Campaigners unite at protest over electric pulse fishing

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    Dutch federations open and transparent on pulse fishing

    http://fiskerforum.dk/en/news/b/dutc...-pulse-fishing


    A group of interested parties joined the TX-36 for a night’s pulse fishing prior to the International Pulse Dialogue Meeting in Amsterdam

    This week the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, along with Dutch Fishermen's federations de Nederlandse Vissersbond and VisNed organised a trip for interested parties from all over Europe, including representatives of Bloom, joining the TX-36 in IJmuiden. The aim of the trip was to demonstrate that openness and transparency are paramount.

    ‘Many negative allegations are made about pulse gear. Scientific research by respected independent institutes is criticised by action groups. With the invitation for a fishing trip on a pulse trawler we hope to have provided many answers to the questions that are there,’ said Durk van Tuinen of de Nederlandse Vissersbond.

    During the fishing trip, which started at 17:00, fishing was conducted with the pulse gear, while those participating were also able to see how the gear is handled, and how the flatfish were caught and processed.

    According to Pim Visser of VisNed, pulse fishing has been under attack for months by some environmental organisations in collaboration with groups of small-scale fishermen, claiming that pulse fishing causes extensive damage to marine life and the catches of coastal fishermen.

    ‘Fishermen are set up and played against each other,’ said Durk van Tuinen. ‘We understand that there can be different points of view within the same profession. That is why we as fishing organisations strive for consultation and making mutual agreements.’

    ‘Inciting fishermen against each other is an objectionable strategy,’ Pim Visser added, commenting that in the past year areas have been protected from pulse gear by mutual agreements and an open dialogue is being held with each member state.

    He said that studies by independent institutes into pulse gear show promising results in the field of reduction of unwanted by-catch, halving fuel consumption and less disturbance of the seabed. In addition, the recently published advice by ICES ICES states that they do not find the claims long-term consequences of pulse gear on the seabed or sea life plausible.

    ‘The viewpoint of action groups does not seem to be about the pulse gear itself, but about the emotion that is involved. Scientific investigations are ignored or sidelined by the activists,’ Pim Visser said.

    The trip was held one day before the International Pulse Dialogue Meeting in Amsterdam. This meeting has brought together scientists, fishermen's organisations, government bodies and NGOs from all over Europe.

    ‘Action groups portray pulse fishermen in the media as fraudsters and manipulators, but together with science we want to provide clarity and answer questions. This has been happening for several years in the International Pulse Dialogue Meeting, where all the action groups involved are also very welcome,’ Pim Visser said.

    The future of pulse gear will be discussed in the coming weeks in the trilogues between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the European Council of Ministers.

    Source: de Nederlandse Vissersbond

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    Dutch devastate marine life with electric shock fishing

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    Dutch industry waits for pulse decision

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    The Dutch industry is awaiting the outcome of next month's trilogue meeting in Brussels

    Pulse trawling has never been far from controversy, not least with the concerted campaign against the method run by Bloom, the many conflicting claims made about pulse trawling and the determination of Dutch fishermen to continue its development. According to Willem den Heijer, the trilogue meeting in Brussels next month will be a key moment for pulse fishing.

    ‘Dutch fishermen are eagerly anticipating the outcome of the trilogue meeting in Brussels. If emotion triggered by French organisation Bloom’s heavily biased campaign triumphs over rational ICES advice, which Bloom ignores, then research and scientific advice will no longer have a value,’ Willem de Hejier said.

    ‘The European Commission and the European Union need to show their integrity on this.’

    He explained that at the end of 1973 there were 683 Dutch fishing vessels, including 472 beam trawlers, which became steadily larger and more powerful during the 1980s and 1990s.

    ‘Today the Dutch fleet is approximately 72 pulse trawlers, around a dozen Eurocutters also using pulse gear, and twelve traditional beam trawlers. This is much smaller fleet than in the past, and the same applies to the German, Belgian and Danish fleets. As a result of this, fishing effort has been decreasing and the stocks received time and space for recovery. This is why a lot of stocks are in a very good condition, flatfish as well as white fish,’ he said

    ‘Due to religious nature of Dutch fishermen, who like to spend Sunday at home, the majority of the beam trawlers and pulse trawlers generally fish only from Monday morning until Thursday evening to land for Friday’s auction. So the number of hours on the fishing grounds are limited. At the weekends 90% of the Dutch fleet stay in port.’

    ‘Bloom claims that the use of electric pulses will result in empty seas, which is nonsense,’ he said.

    ‘Like German, Danish, Belgian and UK fishermen, the Dutch have quotas to work to. In reality the Dutch fleet is not able to catch its full allocations and the full plaice quotas have not been caught, and even though stocks are healthy, according to biologists, it is still difficult to catch plaice and sole under certain conditions. During a long period this spring and early summer when there were northerly winds, catches were quite poor. But prices of plaice, sole and turbot and brill were good. So the fleet still earned money while the fuel consumption due to the use of pulse gear remains very low. For the remaining beam trawlers it was a tough time, until the wind direction finally changed catches were back to normal.’

    He commented that the adoption of pulse fishing has also given crewmen better working conditions, as they no longer have to handle tickler chains and other heavy gear.

    ‘Especially the older crew members, 55 to 60 years old, have told me that if this had not changed, they would already have been looking for other work, but instead they are able to stay with fishing.’

    Source: Fiskerforum

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    As UK fishermen want this banned the UK PM should just ban this from our 200m limit from the minute after we leave the EU in March 2019

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