Environmental organisations ClientEarth and Our Fish welcomed the European Commission´s (EC) decision to give course to the infringement proceedings against Denmark, since the country failed to properly control fishing practices and illegal misreporting of catches.
The Commission formally notified Danish authorities over their failure to enforce important provisions of the EU Control Regulation (Council Regulation (EC) No N° 1224/2009).
The Regulation establishes a system for the control, inspection and enforcement by national authorities of the EU rules of the Common Fisheries Policy.
The Commission considers that Denmark fails to ensure that all fishery products are weighed at landing, and that mandatory catch registration documents record the quantities of each species present, including industrial by-catches.
“This infringement proceeding against Denmark comes against a background of shocking evidence of a culture of illegal misreporting by members of the fishing industry, in a fishery previously considered low-risk by control experts,” Rebecca Hubbard, Program Director for Our Fish said.
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