The European Parliament stood against the so-called “electrical fishing” method today, in the framework of the votes on the Gabriel Mato’s report on the preservation of fishing resources and the protection of marine ecosystems through technical measures.
Concerning this provision in particular, and after a strong mobilisation of French deputies including ALDE members, the result was clear: 401 votes against and 240 votes in favour.
This result shows the MEPs’ determination against a European Commission proposal which was too lenient. By partially authorising this practice, this proposal was questioning the sustainability of fishing practices and taking the risk of a full extinction of various species.
Dominique RIQUET, who is strongly involved in this issue, reminded to fishermen last week in Dunkirk that “contrary to agriculture, fishing is not an area where you can reap what you sow. It is an activity depending from the resource. The use of tools ever more efficient is not without risk for the renewal of species and would inexorably jeopardise the whole fishing sector.”
This vote was an important step but the legislative process does not stop at that point. We voted the mandate to start quickly the negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council in order to reach a full ban. We rely on the firm position of the French government for supporting the European Parliament during the next phase.