Electric pulse fishing will be reviewed in the European Union this spring. With this, the European Commission is responding to the new ICES report that was discussed for the first time yesterday in the fisheries committee of the European Parliament.
The Dutch MEP Peter van Dalen (ChristenUnie) calls this promise positive, and describes the electric pulse as the Green Deal for fishing methods.
The ICES Advisory Committee Chair, Mark Dickey-Collas, commented on the outcome of the ICES pulse fishing inquiry in the EP Fisheries Commission. This ICES report shows that this fishing method has considerably less harmful effects on ecology and the environment compared to the traditional beam trawling method.
The pulse will therefore be discussed again in the evaluation of current fishing methods. That will happen within six months. Van Dalen: “It's late, but better late than never. There is now clear advice from a renowned international group of scientists. Pulse fishing is head and shoulders above other fishing methods! ”
Before the summer of 2021, the European Commission will issue an advisory report in which it also includes the positive report of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) for pulse fishing. At the request of the Dutch government, ICES investigated pulse fishing, which is prohibited in the EU from 1 July 2021.
The Hague is challenging the ban at the European Court of Justice. According to a spokesperson, it is not known when the issue will be raised.