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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 the rules.

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