New publication on the impact of the fisheries penalty point system, February 2016

Picture1In 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.

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Presentation of a new report on IUU fishing, September 2014

Screenshot 2014-09-16 10.48.30On 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.

Presentation of a new report on fisheries infringements and imposed sanctions, February 2014

cover photoOn 11 February 2013, Mike Beke (Blomeyer & Sanz) presented in the European Parliament the findings of the briefing note “the Common Fisheries Policy – Infringement Procedures and Imposed Sanctions throughout the European Union”. The study identifies potential risks in the ways different Member States follow-up on infringements, thus undermining compliance of CFP rules. Therefore, Member States are recommended to enhance cooperation on inspecting fisheries and sanctioning infringements, ensuring an effective system for following-up and imposing deterrent sanctions to avoid recidivism.
The full report can be found here. The presentation can be found here.