Sea Bass – EP Plenary adopted the 2018 budget resolution including a pilot project to improve recreational data collection

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10 Nov

The EAA is very pleased that the pilot project «Control scheme for sea bass recreational catches», which was approved by the Budget Committee of the European Parliament on the 26th of September, has been adopted also during the plenary session on the 25th of October and included in the European Parliament position on the 2018 EU budget.

The objective of the pilot project presented by MEP Alain Cadec is to implement a control scheme for recreational catches of sea bass, in order to establish better management and control measures for recreational fisheries in the framework of the Control Regulation and future multiannual management plans. 

As the Council of the EU disagrees with some of the amendments adopted by the Parliament, a three-weeks negotiation period just started. A Conciliation committee ‘composed of the members of the Council or their representatives and an equal number of members representing the European Parliament’ is convened with the participation of the European Commission. Usually, pilot projects are not part of the subjects to be negotiated after being adopted by the plenary session of the EP. 

In our previous article published on this subject, we recalled the importance of this project for recreational sea anglers. Therefore, the EAA warmly welcomes the Parliament’s decision and thanks again MEP Alain Cadec for his efforts in ensuring the positive outcome of the vote. 

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