In February we presented a new study for the European Parliament committee on Fisheries titled: Social and Economic Impact of the Penalty Point System.
This research study focuses on the social and economic impact of the penalty point system for serious fisheries infringements. Overall this study has identified challenges in relation to the penalty point system and its implementation. Stakeholders highlight concerns relating lack of transparency, problems of accountability, and lack of participation. Further, this report flags concerns that different implementation of the system on the national level negatively impacts smaller vessels and those fishing species with tight quotas or higher risk of bycatch.
On 4 September 2014, Mike Beke (Blomeyer & Sanz) presented in the European Parliament the findings of the briefing note ‘Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing: Sanctions in the EU’. The study provides information on the different approaches for addressing serious infringements, as well as an analysis of existing EU and international measures. It identifies differences between levels of monitoring, control and surveillance in Member States. Also differences are observed between countries in the following-up of serious infringements and sanctions imposed. Therefore Member States are recommended to prioritise effective enforcement of IUU rules and promote harmonisation of penalties.
The full report can be found here
. The presentation can be found here