Fishing boats will be more controlled to protect the seas
In order to avoid the environmentally harmful To counteract overfishing, fishing boats are to be subject to more stringent controls in the future. This was announced on Wednesday by negotiators from the EU Parliament and the EU countries. decided.
Control of fishing quotas
Fish stocks in EU waters are suffering badly from overfishing and climate change. Increased control and monitoring on fishing boats are planned to improve the protection of stocks. In the future, therefore, ships will be monitored by means of video surveillance and a satellite-based system. This is to ensure that fishing quotas are properly respected. This measure concerns in particular ships that have a length of more than 18 meters. In addition to this, small fishing boats are also affected by the reform, although exceptions can be made until 2030.
Penalties for fishermen
The new rules also aim to harmonize sanctions among member states. Until now, penalties for fishermen for violations of fishing quotas and other regulations have been extremely variable. For this reason, in the future, penalties will be calculated based on the monetary value of the catch. This means that people who clearly violate the reform will face penalties at least twice the average value of the fish caught.
Threat to biodiversity
Another problem with overfishing is uncontrolled bycatch. Marine life that is not supposed to be caught ends up in fishing nets unintentionally. Furthermore, most of these creatures are thrown back into the water dead or severely injured. As a result, an estimated 40 percent of the global fish catch ends up as bycatch. Especially endangered species like dolphins, sharks or sea turtles are affected by this problem. To counteract this, fishermen are instructed to bring bycatch ashore under the so-called landing obligation. However, it has been difficult to control this without monitoring systems. Through the new controls, this should change in the future!
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