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Proposal for Spring Congress 05. - 07. April 2019

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Submitted at Friday, 8. March 2019 um 09:08 Uhr, in category "Chapter 7 – Agriculture, Fisheries and Food" with No. 701. Author/s: "JOVD – Benjamin Broekhuizen.

The Spring Congress may decide:

Securing a sustainable future for fisheries

Noting that:

·         The European Parliament voted to ban electric pulse fishing in January 2018 following an amendment to that effect tabled by the Greens

·         This will result the technique electric pulse fishing to be banned starting in 2021

·         The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) issued an advice in May 2018 stating electric pulse trawls have fewer ecological and environmental effects when compared to more traditional beam trawls when fishing for flatfish such as the common sole

·         Electric pulse fishing especially has advantages when it comes to the sustainable exploitation of the species, injuries and mortality of non-retained specimens, the mechanical disturbance of the seabed, the structure and functioning of the benthic ecosystem, and the impact of repetitive exposure, as found by ICES and research institutes

Considering that:

·         The ban was informed more by fearmongering not based in any form of scientific evidence and protectionist considerations than anything else

·         Electric pulse fishing, together with other fisheries policies outlined in the LYMEC programme can secure a sustainable future for fisheries by lessening environmental impact

·         The development of electric pulse fishing can be a boost not only to the European fishing industry, but can help propel the European Union forward as the home of sustainable and innovative fishing practices, securing an international export market and the potential to drive sustainable fishing practices worldwide

LYMEC:

·         Calls upon ALDE, as well as its members and their youth movements, to oppose the impending ban on electric pulse fishing with vehemence, as it runs counter to scientific evidence and the ICES advice, and cuts off a potential source of innovation in fishing

·         Urges the aforementioned parties to insist upon evidence-based market policy making within the European Union and to oppose any form of covert protectionism stifling innovation and progress when it comes to fisheries.

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Amendments for this proprosal:

  • [11306] Replace: Page 33, Line 23 to Page 33, Line 25 (Antragsteller: Svensk Ungdom). / V1

    Submitted at Friday, 29. March 2019 um 08:02 Uhr. Authors: "Svensk Ungdom".

    Calls upon ALDE, as well as its members and their youth movements, to revise the ban on electric pulse fishing

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  • [11308] Insert after: Page 33, Line 28 (Antragsteller: Svensk Ungdom). / V1

    Submitted at Friday, 29. March 2019 um 08:06 Uhr. Authors: "Svensk Ungdom".

    - Calls for further research into innovative fishing techniques with minimal environmental impact, and into electric pulse fishing and its sustainability

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  • [11309] Insert after: Page 33, Line 28 (Antragsteller: Svensk Ungdom). / V1

    Submitted at Friday, 29. March 2019 um 08:07 Uhr. Authors: "Svensk Ungdom".

    - Calls for revising existing fishing techniques to make them more sustainable

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