FishFilesLite Newsletter
August 2021

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Common Fisheries Policy

1. Commission adopts proposal for Baltic fishing opportunities for 2022
2. Norway and Russia set Arctic Cod TAC in excess of the advice of ICES
3. Commission reports on Landing Obligation; no evidence that leads to improved gear
4. New rules governing landing obligation for Baltic salmon
5. EU cuts 2021fishing quotas for Portugal, Denmark et al due to over-fishing
6. EU vessels to stop fishing for redfish in NAFO 3M, due to exhaustion of quota.
7. New European Council website on EU's fisheries management
8. EU MARSPLAN works on joint maritime spatial plans for Romania and Bulgaria
9. Economic and Social Committee has endorses IOTC and WCPFC regulations
10. EU to continue tariff quota for non-originating Mauritian salted snoek
11. Countervailing duty to imports of rainbow trout from Turkey to continue
12. EUMOFA publishes articles on the European eel and Pike-perch in Sweden

Fish Hygiene

13. Rapid alerts were notified for 43 consignments of fishery products
14. DG SANTE publishes 2020 RASFF report; Listeria still a problem in RTE fish products
15. EU imposes new bans on countries allowed to export aquaculture products
16. European Food Safety Authority provides advice on domoic acid in scallops

Common Fisheries Policy

1. The Commission adopted a proposal for fishing opportunities for 2022 for the Baltic Sea. The Commission proposes to increase fishing opportunities for herring in the Gulf of Riga, whilst maintaining the current levels for sprat, plaice and by-catches of eastern cod. The Commission proposes to decrease fishing opportunities for the remaining stocks such as cod and herring. The Commission says that decisive action is still necessary to restore all stocks and ensure that they grow to or remain at sustainable levels.

2. Following the publication by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) of scientific advice for Arctic cod, Norway and Russia have set a joint TAC in excess of the advice of a 43% reduction in 2022. The decision was criticised by the European Commission since it may lead to unsustainable fishing, and they were not consulted as a stakeholder in regional fisheries under the Treaty of Paris.

3. The Commission has published a report on the implementation of the CFP Landing Obligation (LO), two years after its full implementation across all EU quota stocks and stocks with Minimum Sizes in the Mediterranean (with some exceptions). Stakeholder interviews and questionnaires showed that the process for approving new gear developed in response to the LO is too long and has severely impaired effective implementation. However new gear design also required extra investments from vessel owners. When aiming to mitigate potential lasses in fishing opportunities due to choke considerations, adaptions of national quota management to better fit LO challenges and quota swaps between Member States were the preferred options, followed by high survivability exemptions.

4. The Commission has issued a new regulation governing the implementation of the landing obligation in relation to salmon caught in the Baltic Sea for the period 2021-2023. The regulations modifies the gears from which discarding is permitted (due to high survivability rates) and now applies to salmon caught with fyke nets, pound nets and all other types of trap nets, except pontoon traps without an attached knot-less bag.

5. Certain Member States exceeded their fishing quotas for the year 2020 (or prior years) and the Commission has therefore adopted a regulation to apply deductions on the fishing quotas allocated to them in 2021 and, where relevant, in subsequent years, for the overfished stocks. In 2019, Portugal overfished its quota for albacore in the North Atlantic Ocean by 1271 tonnes. Denmark overfished its sandeel quota by 1713 tonnes. 2021 quotas are adjusted accordingly.

6. Stop fishing notice was published, applicable to all EU vessels fishing for redfish in NAFO 3M, due to exhaustion of quota.

7. The European Council has set up a new website explain the EU's fisheries management policies and measures.

8. Press release about the EU MARSPLAN-BS II project to further develop maritime spatial plans and a common cross-border strategy between Romania and Bulgaria for the Mangalia-Shabla region, an area with a high level of complexity in terms of important maritime ports and shipyards, touristic resorts, biodiversity and wetland protected areas and mineral resources (gas extraction).

9. The European Economic and Social Committee has endorsed regulations which will implement the conservation and management measures applicable in the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention area as well as in the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) Area.

10. The Customs Committee of the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Eastern and Southern Africa States (ESA) published a decision to continue, for a further year, a tariff quota of 100 tonnes non-originating raw material to be used in the Mauritian fishery product salted snoek (HS Heading 0305 69) exported to the EU.

11. To account for a change in the name of the operator, the European Commission amended the rules applying a countervailing duty to imports of rainbow trout from Turkey, consigned by Kiliç Deniz Ürünleri Üretimi Ihracat Ithalat ve Ticaret A.S

12. The European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products published its latest edition of 2020, containing articles on the European eel (France, the Netherlands, Poland) and European perch (Estonia, Poland, Sweden), Consumption of Pike-perch in Sweden and Case Studies on Fisheries and aquaculture in Malaysia and Deep-water rose shrimp in the EU.

Fish Hygiene

13. During August 2021 there were 43 rapid alert notifications for fishery products. There were 4 rapid alert notifications for bivalve mollusc products, 3 rapid alert notifications for cephalopod products, 5 rapid alert notifications for crustacean products, 30 rapid alert notifications for other fishery products and 1 rapid alert notification for gastropod products. These included 2 consignments of swordfish from Sri Lanka, 2 consignments of mackerel from the Netherland, and 2 consignments of squid, 3 consignments of swordfish and 2 consignments of tuna from Spain.

14. DG SANTE published the 2020 report on the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed, showing that a total of 3862 notifications of food or feed risks were reported by the Member States to the European Commission last year. Listeria monocytogenes in ready to eat fish products was still an important cause of foodborne outbreaks, with 32 notifications in 2020.

15. The Commission has updated the regulations concerning which fishery and aquaculture products may be exported to the EU from specific third countries, to align them with the scope of the approved residue monitoring plans. Imports of "finfish' from aquaculture are banned from Guatemala, Mozambique, Nicaragua, and Tanzania. Imports of crustacea from aquaculture are banned from Falklands Islands, Montenegro, Morocco and Ukraine. Approval of the aquaculture residue monitoring plans for Nigeria and Oman mean that these countries may now export aquaculture products to the EU (excluding respectively finfish and crustacea).

16. The European Food Safety Authority has responded to the European Commission following a request to provide information on the levels of domoic acid (DA) in five species of whole scallops that would ensure that levels in edible parts are below the regulatory limit after shucking. In addition, EFSA was asked to recommend the number of scallops to be used in an analytical sample. Shucking in most cases resulted in a strong decrease in the toxin levels. Statistical analysis of the data showed that levels in whole scallops should not exceed 24 mg DA/kg, 59 mg DA/kg and 127 mg DA/kg to ensure that levels in, respectively, gonads, muscle and muscle plus gonads are below the regulatory limit of 20 mg DA/kg with 99% certainty. To predict with 95% certainty for levels between 15 and 27 mg DA/kg, a pooled sample of more than 30 scallops would have to be tested


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