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August 2006

Common Fisheries Policy


1. Regulation introduced governing European Fisheries Fund, applies from 2007.
2. FIFG derogations on fleet investments for EU outermost regions extended to the end of 2006.
3. EU Council and NEAFC identify vessels engaged in illegal, unregulated or unreported fishing
4. EU Council denounces fisheries agreement with Angola
5. Stop fishing notices published for UK, Spanish and German vessels.
6. EU modifies the 2006 fishing opportunities for Norway Pout
7. The EU Council formalises Community membership of the IATTC.

Fish hygiene

8. Fifty eight rapid alerts for fishery products consignments notified.
9. EU modifies list of zones free of shellfish diseases.

Common Fisheries Policy

1. The European Council adopted the regulation setting out the objectives, missions, principles, scope, financial framework, strategic approach, programming, priority areas and evaluation requirements of the European Fisheries Fund, this being a new financial instrument for Community structural support to the fishery sector replacing the FIFG, with full implementation from January 2007.

2. At the same time the Council extended the derogations applying to the Azores and Madeira, the Canary Islands and the French overseas departments regarding limitations on the use of Community funds for development of fishing capacity, until the end of 2006.

3. Following the decision of NEAFC to identify vessels engaged in illegal, unregulated or unreported fishing in the NEAFC area, the Council published a regulation naming a list of 16 such vessels, eight of which are Georgian flagged.

4. The EU Council published the regulation canceling the EU's framework fisheries agreement with Angola, following the failure of the parties to agree on a renewal of the last protocol after its expiry in 2004.

5. Stop fishing notices were published for United Kingdom vessels fishing for mackerel and blue ling, Spanish vessels fishing for redfish, cod and tusk, and German vessels fishing for anglerfish.

6. The EU Council passed a regulation altering the 2006 fishing opportunities for Norway Pout in the North Sea fisheries.

7. The EU Council passed a decision requiring Spain to denounce membership of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, and adopting the Antigua convention on behalf of the Community, thus confirming Community membership of the IATTC.

Fish hygiene

8. Fifty eight rapid alerts were notified by Member States for failure to comply with health conditions for fishery products. Consignments included too high content of E 452 - polyphosphates in frozen Alaska pollock fillets and yellow fin sole from China, histamine in frozen sardine from India, too high content of sulphites in chilled cooked shrimps from France, two cases of carbon monoxide treatment of tuna loins from the Netherlands, fraudulent health certificate(s) for frozen whole baby clams the Republic of Korea, too high content of sulphites, undeclared in frozen cooked shrimps from the United Kingdom, unauthorised substances malachite green and leucomalachite green in frozen gutted eel from Indonesia, and excessive benzo(a)pyrene in sprats in oil and sprat paste from Latvia.

9. The EU Commission amended the EU's list of zones free of commercially important diseases of bivalve shellfish.



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