Assessment of balance indicators for key fleet segments and review of national reports on Member States efforts to achieve balance between fleet capacity and fishing opportunities (STECF-19-13)
Commission Decision of 25 February 2016 setting up a Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries, C(2016) 1084, OJ C 74, 26.2.2016, p. 4–10. The Commission may consult the group on any matter relating to marine and fisheries biology, fishing gear technology, fisheries economics, fisheries governance, ecosystem effects of fisheries, aquaculture or similar disciplines. This report reports on the expert working group EWG-19-13 that was convened under STECF to assess balance indicators for EU Member State fleet segments (ToR 1 and ToR 4), review national reports on Member States efforts to achieve balance between fleet capacity and fishing opportunities, and assess action plans submitted for fleet segments where Member States identified structural overcapacity (ToRs 2 and 3). In addition, the group tried to estimate balance indicators for some specific Outermost Regions of France (Réunion, French Guiana, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint-Martin and Mayotte), Portugal (Madeira and Azores) and Spain (Canary Islands) (ToR 5). The EWG-19-13 was held in Larnaca, Cyprus from the 23 – 27 September 2019. Independently-calculated balance indicators, based on DCF economic and transversal data and stock assessment information were provided to experts, and the evaluation of these balance indicators was reported by country and region. In addition, experts considered a number of recurring issues and caveats related to biological, economic, and technical indicators and provided, when possible, a comparison between the outputs of the MS fleet reports and the independently-calculated balance indicators. In the framework of ToR 2 and 3, fleet reports submitted by Member States were evaluated in term of methodology used to identify balance between fishing capacity and fishing opportunites. In addition, action plans submitted by Member States for fleet segments with identified structural overcapacity as identified by the Member States in their fleet capacity reports in line with Article 22.4 of Regulation (EU) 1380/2013 were evaluated, and the assessment is presented in the report. In general, while it was relatively straightforward to identify in Member States’ action plans, those fleet segments that were additional to those included in the action plans submitted with their fleet reports, the information presented was only sufficient to note the actions that Member States intend to implement to address any imbalances in the fleet segments identified and was not sufficient to quantitatively assess whether such measures would be sufficient to redress any such imbalances.The EWG compiled the list of fleet segments that according to the 2017 values for either i) the SHI or ii) the SAR, as computed by the STECF may be out of balance as requested under ToR 4.ToR 5 was fully addressed for the OMRs fleets of Outermost Regions of France (Réunion, French Guiana, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint-Martin and Mayotte), Portugal (Madeira and Azores) and Spain (Canary Islands). The EWG-19-13 report was reviewed during the plenary meeting held in Brussels, Belgium, 11-15 November 2019.