EC takes action against France over minimum landing sizes for fish

The European Commission has sent France a final warning prior to court action over the member state's alleged failure to monitor properly compliance with the minimum landing sizes for fish.

“The protection of young fish is of utmost importance,” said Franz Fischler, EC Commissioners for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries. “Ensuring the renewal of stocks … is the only way to guarantee the future of fisheries activities.”

France has already been taken to court by the EC once over its inadequate monitoring of fish landing sizes and a second court case could lead to a fine.

The EC alleges that “checks carried out by Community inspectors led to the conclusion that the weaknesses observed by the Court still prevailed and that the French authorities had not fully implemented the necessary measures to meet the 1991 Court findings.”

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