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2001 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 26 E/25

(2001/C 26 E/029) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0258/00

by John McCartin (PPE-DE) to the Commission

(7 February 2000)

Subject: EU fish catches by volume and value

Can the Commission state whether it has a breakdown of the total fish catch by volume and value
attributable to the fleet of each Member State and does it also have a breakdown of where these fleets land
their catch (either in or outside the Community) and can these statistics be made available?

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission

(21 March 2000)

Under Community legislation (1) Member States are required to report to the Commission the volume of
their annual catches (in tonnes live weight equivalent) broken down by species and the area of capture.
No value data are required with these submissions. Summary data of this kind is mentioned in the
statistical bulletin of the Directorate general for Fisheries. The latest copy is forwarded direct to the
Honourable Member and to the Parliament’s secretariat.

The detailed breakdown of where Community vessels land their catches is not available. Under Council
Regulation (EEC) No 2104/93 of 22 July 1993 amending Regulation (EEC) No 1382/91 on the submission
of data on the landings of fishery products in Member States (2) Member States are required to submit
monthly reports on the volume (in tonnes product weight) and the average price of 120 fishery products
landed in their ports. The national reports are broken down by the landings by all Community vessels
(without identification of the Member State of the vessels), by vessels from the European free trade area
(EFTA) countries and, not on a mandatory basis, by the vessels of third countries. The reports do not
include data on the landings by national vessels in foreign ports (neither in or outside the Community).

These catch and landings statistics are available for consultation on Eurostat’s New Cronos data-base in the
domain on fishery statistics.

Under Regulation (EEC) No 2847/931, Member States are required to ensure the verification and the
recording of landings of catches of species carried out in another Member State or in a third country.

This data forms part of the notifications that Member States transmit to the Commission by reason of their
obligations resulting from Regulation (EEC) No 2104/93 and can be made available to the Honourable

(1) Council Regulation (EEC) No 3880/91 of 17 December 1991 on the submission of nominal catch statistics by
Member States fishing in the north-east Atlantic  OJ L 365, 31.12.1991, Council Regulation (EEC) No 2018/93 of
30 June 1993 on the submission of catch and activity statistics by Member States fishing in the north west Atlantic
 OJ L 186, 28.7.1993, Council Regulation (EEC) No 2847/93 of 12 October 1993 establishing a control system
applicable to the common fisheries policy  OJ L 261, 20.10.1993, Council Regulation (EC) No 2597/95 of
23 October 1995 on the submission of nominal catch statistics by Member States fishing in certain areas other than
those of the north Atlantic  OJ L 270, 13.11.1995.
(2) OJ L 191, 31.7.1993.