It is also possible for the various member countries to "immediately prohibit or restrict" this practice in its territorial waters.
Negotiators from the European Parliament and Member States have agreed to ban electric fishing, the Commission announced Wednesday (13 February). The two co-legislators, headed by the European executive, meeting in a "Trialogue", have found an agreement for "Introduce a ban on the use of electric fishing equipment from 1st July 2021 ».
It is also foreseen the possibility for the various EU countries of"Prohibit or restrict" immediately this practice in its territorial waters. The negotiated text still needs to be validated by Parliament in plenary session and by the Council – the Twenty-Eight.
A year ago, the European Parliament took a stand against this controversial practice, against a proposal by the Commission to remove the restriction previously applied to EU electricity fishing, which was practiced in favor of a derogation granted on an experimental basis to 5% of the fleet.
In fact, it is practiced mainly in the Netherlands. France, whose fishermen have repeatedly demonstrated on this subject, had quickly put its voice against this practice.
The NGO Bloom, at the forefront of the campaign against electric fishing, hailed a change in people's minds. "The negotiation tonight was almost all about the date of the ban, no one questioned its principle"said its founder Claire Nouvian.
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"We would have liked a date closer, but the advance remains historic. This barbarous fishery has no future »Younous Omarjee MEP (GUE, radical left) reacted on Twitter. Bloom called on France to ban "Without further delay electric fishing in its own waters".
"The French government to take responsibility", also urged Isabelle Thomas (social-democratic group). She welcomed the fact that 42 licenses will not be renewed this year but warned against "Illegal licenses that will have to be dealt with".