Deep-water fishing: Procedure reactivated
Wednesday 18 July 2012
The procedure related to the draft regulation meant to abolish deep-water trawling, ie at depths of 500 to 1,500 metres, held up on 13 July by the cabinet of French Commissioner Michel Barnier (see
Europolitics 4467), was reactivated, on 18 July, for 24 hours. According to well-informed sources, the text, which provides for the phase-in over a two-year period of the prohibition of non-selective gears, such as trawls and bottom set gillnets, is presented again unchanged and the Commission is expected to adopt it by written procedure, on 19 July.