New regulation of EU fishing activities and catching methods finally confirmed, including ban on electric fishing by 2021

New regulation of EU fishing activities and catching methods finally confirmed, including ban on electric fishing by 2021

18 April 2019
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The European Parliament approved on Tuesday (16 April) new technical rules on fishing activities and catching methods allowed within EU waters, confirming that the use of electric currents or ‘pulse fishing’ will be illegal from mid-2021.

The new rules contain restrictions on the use of certain types of fishing gear, a list of fish species that cannot be caught, as well as common guidelines on how, where and when EU fishermen may fish.

Consistent with the Commission’s Better Regulation agenda, the main scope of the new law is to simplify all these technical measures, which before were included in more than 30 different pieces of EU legislation.

The issue of electric fishing has been at the forefront of the interinstitutional negotiations, as well as a heated public debate, holding up the entire legislation for months.