Vragen over makreel­haaien

Indiendatum: jul. 2022

Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Anja Hazekamp (The Left), Caroline Roose (Verts/ALE), Rosa D'Amato (Verts/ALE), Manuela Ripa (Verts/ALE), Tilly Metz (Verts/ALE), Karen Melchior (Renew), Francisco Guerreiro (Verts/ALE), Claude Gruffat (Verts/ALE), Pascal Durand (Renew), Grace O'Sullivan (Verts/ALE), Aurore Lalucq (S&D), Predrag Fred Matić (S&D), Róża Thun und Hohenstein (PPE), Michal Wiezik (PPE), Ernest Urtasun (Verts/ALE), Malin Björk (The Left), Manuel Bompard (The Left), Yannick Jadot (Verts/ALE)

In early July, additional conservation measures for Shortfin Mako Shark (SMA) were discussed at an intersessional meeting of ICCAT. At this meeting the EU opposed a full ban on retention for the species, despite such a ban is recommended by ICCAT scientists.

The mako catch data submitted by the EU showed Spanish and Portuguese catches increasing far beyond sustainable limits and did not include mandatory data of live or dead discards. It continues to be very difficult to determine the total mortality of North Atlantic SMA that results from EU fishing activities.

Furthermore 2020 catch far exceeded the 350t catch limit established in the 2020 EU CITES Non Detriment Finding.

· What is the 2020 estimated total mortality of Makos in the North Atlantic and what is the EU share? Does this include discards and is it in line with EU CITES NDF?

· Could the Commission detail all bycatch mitigation measures the EU is willing to support?

· Will the Commission support an overall mortality limit (including landings, dead discards and post- release mortality) and what measures will be introduced to prevent any additional catch and mortality beyond this mortality limit?

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