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February 2006

Common Fisheries Policy


1. Commission sets minimum import price for farmed salmon from Norway
2. The EU revises import tariffs on a wide range of fishery products intended for processing
3. A stop fishing notice was issued for French vessels targeting anglerfish
4. New controls discussed on illegal catches of cod in the Barents Sea.
5. Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs sets out Green Paper on Maritime Policy
6. Council reduces fishing opportunities under the EU-Mauritania fisheries partnership agreement
7. Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and São Tomé and Príncipe extended for one year
8. The EU Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs visits Senegal

Fish hygiene

9. Thirty consignments of fishery products subject to rapid alert notices in February 2006
10. FVO reports finds insufficient checks on organochlorinated contaminants in Baltic Sea fish in Finland.
11. FVO follow up mission finds little change in deficiencies in Indonesian export controls for fishery products
12. EFSA gives green light to new food additive for salmon and trout.
13. Following EFSA concerns, the Commission finds excessive levels of pesticide in EU fish feeds
14. The Commission published an amended list of reference laboratories for the detection of residues.
15. The EU Council amends legislation regarding dioxin limits in the animal feeding stuffs and food; new monitoring approach advised by the Commission

Common Fisheries Policy

1. The Commission announced the anti-dumping measures for farmed salmon from Norway; the minimum import price is to be 2.80 EUR/kg whole fish equivalent.

2. The EU removed or reduced standard import tariffs on a wide range of fishery products intended for processing, and amended the descriptions of some canned and preserved fishery products.

3. A stop fishing notice was issued for French vessels targeting anglerfish in ICES zone VIII c, IX, X, CECAF 34.1.1 (EC waters) effective 25 February 2006.

4. The EU Council of Agriculture met to discuss additional measures to combat illegal catches of an estimated 100,000 tonnes of cod in the Barents Sea. New landing controls are being discussed with the partners Norway and Russia.

5. Joe Borg, Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs gave a speech at the IMO International Maritime Law Institute, setting out some of the issues which will be addressed in the Green Paper on Maritime Policy, to be published in the spring.

6. The EU Council Decided to reduce the fishing opportunities allocated to EU vessels under the EU-Mauritania fisheries partnership agreement, involving a temporary reduction in the fishing effort for cephalopods, the fixing of a second closed period of one month for demersal fishing, and an increase in the number of pole-and-line tuna vessels and surface longliners.

7. The Council also decided to extend for one year, the current Protocol under the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and São Tomé and Príncipe, pending the outcome of negotiations regarding renewal of the Agreement.

8. The EU Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs visited Senegal to discuss bilateral and regional fisheries issues, including fisheries partnership agreement.


Fish hygiene
9. Rapid alert notices were published for failure to comply with health conditions for 30 consignments of fishery products in February 2006. These included products from India (cuttlefish with excess cadmium), Indonesia (eel, moro shark), Bangladesh (shrimps), Thailand (canned squid with excess cadmium) and Vietnam (pangasius and oil fish).

10. The FVO reported on a mission examining controls in Finland on organochlorinated contaminants in fish caught from the Baltic Sea. The mission found that although measures to reduce consumer exposure appear to be effective, the Competent Authority has not carried out sufficient checks to ensure compliance with legislation. Greater coordination between authorities is also required.

11. The FVO also reported on an inspection mission to Indonesia following the detection in 2004 of serious deficiencies in fishery product controls, and a more than 50 rapid alerts in 2005. The mission found deficient fishing vessels, continuing lack of formal approval procedure for establishments, a wide range of deficiencies in approved establishments, that controls are "almost non-existent along the product chain", deficiencies and shortcomings in laboratories, and an alarming trend in lead and cadmium contamination results. The Competent Authority was required to submit and action plan of corrective actions for implementation during 2006.

12. The EFSA gave a scientific opinion on the safety of an astaxanthin-rich yeast based feed additive for salmon and trout. It is considered safe for consumer health.

13. Following EFSA opinions on residues of endrin and aldrin/dieldrin (organochlorine insecticides), the Commission notified Member States that recent data has indicated that the levels of dieldrin and aldrin in fish feed are frequently in excess of maximum residue levels set by the EU.

14. The Commission published an amended list of notified national reference laboratories for the detection of residues.

15. The EU Council amended the Directive on dioxin and dioxin like PCBs in animal feeding stuffs, setting new (lower) maximum residue limits, and also amended the Regulation on dioxin and dioxin like PCBs in foods (including fish), setting new (lower) maximum residue limits. The Commission recommended Member States to start random sampling and monitoring of foodstuffs for dioxins and dioxin like PCBs.


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