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Subsidies for decommissioning fishing vessels are being discontinued in the reformed fisheries policy as it is felt they have not achieved their purpose. What impact will this have on the fishing fleet and how is the fleet expected to evolve in the coming years? Is there a target to achieve in terms of fishing capacity? The suppression of the financial support for permanent and temporary cessation of fishing activity would make it difficult to achieve the fishing capacity adjustment objectives established in the different plans for fisheries management. This aid is an incentive for ship-owners to scrap their fishing boats, so its removal would be a disincentive. For this reason the Spanish position, along with a large group of Member States, is that this aid should become a permanent feature of the future European Fishery and Maritime Fund. This is one of the cornerstones of the Spanish position. In any case, this aid must be linked to the achievement of concrete and precise objectives of fleet capacity adjustment. Reviewing the evolution of the national fleet since 2001 shows that the number of vessels has decreased by 33 – 25 in GTs and 31 in kW. This major decrease is the result of a significant effort by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment as well as by the autonomous communities to adapt our fleet capacity to the current fishing opportunities of the fishing zones. The optimum size of the fleet depends on the specific situation of each fishing zone. The wide variety of vessels we have as a consequence of our fisheries diversity does not allow a single answer to the question. The need to continue www.eurofishmagazine.com

with the capacity adjustment will depend on each specific fishery. For this reason, each fishery based on the results of scientific analysis and reports, must propose the needed capacity adjustment through its management plans. I would like to highlight that nowadays we have nineteen fishing capacity adjustment plans, specific for each fishery. These capacity adjustment plans have been developed from the respective management plans and foresee the adjustment objectives that should be reached by 2015. New fishing capacity adjustment plans will depend on the current analysis that we are making in coordination with the sector and the autonomous communities through the recently created working groups for the national fishing waters. The new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund will be a key tool in delivering the reformed Common Fisheries Policy objectives. Considering the crisis what measures under the EMFF do you see as particularly beneficial to the Spanish fisheries industry? Yes, for sure, the new EMFF will be a key tool in delivering the reformed Common Fisheries Policy objectives. The main objectives of the EMFF are to promote fisheries and aquaculture which are competitive, economically viable, and socially and environmentally sustainable; and to foster the development and implementation of the EU´s Integrated Maritime Policy.

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Eurofish Magazine 5 2012  

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