[MARMAM] New Paper: A Critique of the EU Technical Measures Regulation / Cetacean Bycatch

Fabian Ritter; MEER e.V. ritter at m-e-e-r.de
Thu Dec 17 01:39:41 PST 2020

Dear fellow MARMAMers,

on behalf of lead author Sarah Dolman and co-authors Jo Swabe, Peter 
Evans, Mark Simmonds and myself I am happy to announce our critical 
review of the EU Technical Measures Regulation with a special focus on 
cetacean bycatch, published in Marine Policy:

Dolman S, Evans PGH, Ritter F, Simmonds M, Swabe J (2020). *Implications 
of New Technical Measures Regulation for Cetacean Bycatch in European 
Waters.* Marine Policy 124 (104320). DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2020.104320 


For decades, cetacean bycatch has been a major conservation and welfare 
concern in the European Union with high numbers of harbour porpoises, 
dolphins and whales dying each year. Despite binding legal requirements 
to monitor and reduce bycatch, cetacean bycatch monitoring has been 
insufficient in most fisheries and areas to generate reliable estimates 
of bycatch rate. Measures to reduce bycatch have been limited and not 
always directed at the most problematic fisheries. EU cetacean bycatch 
legislation (Council Regulation (EC) No. 812/ 2004) was repealed and 
replaced by a new Regulation, /Regulation on the conservation of fishery 
resources and the protection of marine ecosystems through technical 
measures (2019/1241)/. Whilst some improvements have been made in the 
new Regulation, scientific advice of the ICES Bycatch Working Group 
(ICES WGBYC), and other expert regional bodies, such as ASCOBANS and 
ACCOBAMS, were not incorporated explicitly and some measures in the 
adopted Technical Measures Regulation weaken both the provisions of the 
existing cetacean bycatch legislation and the Commission’s original 
proposal. The bycatch measures adopted for cetaceans are not suffi- 
cient to mitigate bycatch effectively in European waters. Management 
solutions to reduce bycatch are identified and a number of general 
recommendations towards development of national and regional management 
plans, implementation and enforcement to that end are made.

Greetings to all, and stay well and healthy!


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