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October 2023. The European Parliament adopted
a new Fisheries Control Regulation updating the requirements for
fisheries monitoring, surveillance and control, setting out obligations
of operators and relevant competent authorities. Under the revised
system all EU fishing vessels will be monitored and their catches
reported electronically, to ensure full traceability. Recreational
fishers will also have to report catches digitally. Masters of
vessels under 12 meters will be able to complete and submit a
simplified declaration at the end of the fishing day, once they
are safe in port and before landing. All boats will need to carry
on board a tracking device enabling national authorities to locate
and identify them at regular intervals (the requirement may be
derogated for some small vessels). To eliminate wide disparities
between Member States in penalties for contraventions the value
of fishery products caught by a vessel will now define the minimum
level of fines applied to it in case of serious infringement of
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