Considerations on COM(2007)492 - Fixing of the fishing opportunities and associated conditions for certain fish stocks and groups of fish stocks applicable in the Baltic Sea for 2008

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table>(1)Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 2371/2002 requires the Council to adopt the measures necessary to ensure access to waters and resources and the sustainable pursuit of fishing activities taking account of available scientific advice and, in particular, the report prepared by the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries.
(2)Under Article 20 of Regulation (EC) No 2371/2002, it is incumbent upon the Council to establish fishing opportunity limits by fishery or group of fisheries and the allocation of these opportunities to Member States.

(3)In order to ensure effective management of the fishing opportunities, the specific conditions under which fishing operations are carried out should be established.

(4)The principles and certain procedures for fishery management need to be laid down at Community level, so that Member States can ensure the management of the vessels flying their flag.

(5)Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 2371/2002 lays down definitions of relevance to the allocation of fishing opportunities.

(6)In accordance with Article 2 of Regulation (EC) No 847/96, the stocks that are subject to the various measures referred to therein must be identified.

(7)Fishing opportunities should be used in accordance with the Community legislation on the subject, and in particular with Commission Regulation (EEC) No 1381/87 of 20 May 1987 establishing detailed rules concerning the marking and documentation of fishing vessels (4), Commission Regulation (EEC) No 2807/83 of 22 September 1983 laying down detailed rules for recording information on Member States’ catches of fish (5), Council Regulation (EEC) No 2847/93 of 12 October 1993 establishing a control system applicable to the common fisheries policy (6), Commission Regulation (EC) No 2244/2003 of 18 December 2003 laying down detailed provisions regarding satellite-based Vessel Monitoring Systems (7), Council Regulation (EEC) No 2930/86 of 22 September 1986 defining characteristics for fishing vessels (8), 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 (9), Council Regulation (EC) No 2187/2005 of 21 December 2005 for the conservation of fishery resources through technical measures in the Baltic Sea, the Belts and the Sound (10) and Regulation (EC) No 1098/2007.

(8)It is appropriate, in accordance with the Commission’s declaration at the meeting of the Council on 11-12 June 2007, to take account of the efforts made by Member States to adjust fleet capacities in the Baltic Sea in recent years without compromising the overall objective of the effort scheme in Regulation (EC) No 1098/2007.

(9)In order to contribute to the conservation of fish stocks, certain supplementary measures on technical conditions of fishing should be implemented in 2008,