Green MEP welcomes European Parliament backing for ban on pulse fishing

Molly has welcomed the fact that a majority of MEPs have voted for a ban on controversial pulse fishing. The technique, involving sending electrical pulses into the seabed to flush out fish and force them into nets, has been widely condemned by campaigners, and a petition against the practice has reached over 100,000 signatures. Reacting to the Parliamentary vote, Molly said:

“The vote to ban pulse fishing should send a shockwave through the European Commission. MEPs have made it clear that they are not willing to support this barbaric technique. While alternative methods of fishing such as traditional ‘heavy trawls’ are also highly problematic, we should not be looking to substitute one bad technology with another; we need to work at phasing out all destructive methods of fishing.”  

While Green MEPs backed the ban on pulse fishing, they voted against the full report on the conservation of fishery resources and the protection of marine ecosystems, which they said failed to establish common objectives at an EU level. Molly concluded:

“While supporting a ban on pulse fishing, MEPs have ill-advisedly signed off a set of conditions that provide no incentive to improve fishing techniques and could result in massive illegal discarding. If the Commission proceed with their proposals the EU will be taking a major step backwards from the significant advances made in the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy a few years ago.”