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UK fish quota being stolen aided by “conspicuous” lack of inspectors

Saturday, July 24th, 1993
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Statement: EC conservation rules allow some Member States’ fishermen to catch more than their quota. Boats have been installed with and are currently being built with secret holds so that “illegal” fish can be hidden from an inspector’s eye. This is made all the easier by the conspicuous lack of inspectors in certain countries. To add insult to injury, it is clear that some of these boats are registered in the UK, allowing them to fish for the UK’s share of the quota.

Response: It is the Member States that are wholly responsible for the application and enforcement of “Community Technical and Conservation Measures” in relation to fisheries. Equally the Member State authorities are responsible for the management of the share of stocks or group of stocks allocated to the Member States under the Community system of Total Available Catches (TACs) and quotas under the Common Fisheries Policy.

It is for the Member States to determine the conditions which must be fulfilled in order for a vessel to be entered in registers under their control and granted the right to fly their flag. This must be done in accordance with international law. In exercising that power, Member States have to comply with the rules of Community law.

As for secret holds, this is but one of a range of devices by which a small number of errant fishermen try to hide illegal fish. The national inspection services in all Member States are aware of these practices and as the Irish authorities have demonstrated, take the appropriate action.

For its part the Commission does everything in its power to monitor the performance of the Member States’ inspection services by encouraging thorough and efficient control and enforcement of Community regulations.

Commission to force fishermen to wear hairnets

Saturday, October 24th, 1992
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Statement: A Commission Directive will oblige fishermen to wear hair-nets when aboard their fishing boats.

Response: These claims are without foundation. There is a Council Directive, which will come into effect on 1.1.1993, aimed at ensuring that strict hygiene conditions are met in fish-processing plants and by all staff who process and package fish. It mentions that dockside staff who cut fish should wear suitable head cover to avoid hair contaminating the processed fish. This does not mean wearing a hair-net. Member States already take these hygiene precautions for the preparation and processing of other foodstuffs, such as meat in slaughter houses. This Directive does not, therefore, apply to fishermen aboard their fishing boats, with the logical exception of workers aboard factory-vessels, where processing and packaging of fish are carried out at sea (Council Directive 91/493 – Official Journal (OJ) L 268).

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