COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) …/... of 1.10.2019 specifying details of the landing obligation for certain demersal fisheries in North-Western waters for the period 2020-2021
1. Since 1 January 2015, all commercial pelagic stock subject to catch limits, have had to be landed and counted against quota. Since then, on an annual basis, the demersal stocks subject to catch limits have also been phased in. Since 1 January 2019, in line with the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), the Landing Obligation applies to all catches from both demersal and pelagic fisheries, subject to catch limits (also known as the full landing obligation).
2. This Commission delegated act sets out specific provisions to facilitate the implementation of the landing obligation for certain demersal and pelagic fish species or fisheries in North- Western waters (NWW) for the period 2020-2021.
3. Following detailed negotiations between the European Institutions, the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (Regulation (EU) no 1380/2013) entered into force on 1 January 2014. The UK played a leading role in brokering a deal that secured a radical reform that included:
a. A legally binding commitment to set fishing rates at sustainable levels by 2015 where possible, and by no later than 2020 at the latest.
b. A genuine process of decentralisation in decision making (commonly referred to as regionalisation).
c. A phased introduction of a landing obligation on stocks subject to catch limits which will end the wasteful practice of discarding, with full implementation from 1 January 2019. A detailed explanation of the final regulation was provided to the Committee in 2013.