3· The European Parliament voted to ban electric pulse fishing in January 2018 following an 4amendment to that effect tabled by the Greens
5· This will result the technique electric pulse fishing to be banned starting in 2021
6· The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) issued an advice in May 72018 stating electric pulse trawls have fewer ecological and environmental effects when 8compared to more traditional beam trawls when fishing for flatfish such as the common sole
9· Electric pulse fishing especially has advantages when it comes to the sustainable 10exploitation of the species, injuries and mortality of non-retained specimens, the mechanical 11disturbance of the seabed, the structure and functioning of the benthic ecosystem, and the 12impact of repetitive exposure, as found by ICES and research institutes
14· The ban was informed more by fearmongering not based in any form of scientific evidence 15and protectionist considerations than anything else
16· Electric pulse fishing, together with other fisheries policies outlined in the LYMEC 17programme can secure a sustainable future for fisheries by lessening environmental impact
18· The development of electric pulse fishing can be a boost not only to the European fishing 19industry, but can help propel the European Union forward as the home of sustainable and 20innovative fishing practices, securing an international export market and the potential to drive 21sustainable fishing practices worldwide
23· Calls upon ALDE, as well as its members and their youth movements, to oppose the 24impending ban on electric pulse fishing with vehemence, as it runs counter to scientific evidence 25and the ICES advice, and cuts off a potential source of innovation in fishing
26· Urges the aforementioned parties to insist upon evidence-based market policy making 27within the European Union and to oppose any form of covert protectionism stifling innovation and 28progress when it comes to fisheries.
Attention: This is a preview! The official text is printed in the proposal book for Spring Congress 05. - 07. April 2019.