Even EU judges tell Netherlands to forget electro pulse fishing and stand firm on ban

European Parliament vote to ban electric pulse fishing

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The European Union’s top court dismissed the case brought by the government against the practice which is widely maligned across the bloc. The European Court of Justice said EU decision-makers have wide-ranging discretion on the issue and do not base legislative choices on scientific opinions. The Hague asked the ban to be overturned, arguing that the environmental impact on pulse fishing had not been properly and fairly evaluated.

“The EU legislature has a wide discretion in this field and is not obliged to base its legislative choice on scientific and technical opinions only,” the ECJ said.

“Although the scientific and technical studies available contain, at times, divergent assessments of the extent of the negative impacts of electric pulse fishing, none of them states, contrary to what the Netherlands maintain, that this method has no negative impacts on the environment.”

Pulse fishing is widely used across the Netherlands, which claims the technique reduces unwanted bycatch and avoids nets being dragged along the seabed.

The practice uses electrodes to emit electric waves that stun fish which then float upwards to be caught in a net.

Opponents, including French fishermen, and environmentalists say the technique is damaging to fish stocks.

The EU – backed by the Parliament and Council – agreed to ban the practice in 2019, with a transitional period allowing it to continue until June 30 with strict conditions.

The Netherlands has been arguing for the ban to be overturned for a number of years, claiming scientific opinions did not properly evaluate the environmental impact of pulse fishing and traditional beam trawling.

Several Dutch MP bemoaned the decision made by the Luxembourg-based ECJ.

Annie Schrijer-Pierik, of the conservative CDA, said: “It is a shame that this innovation did not get a chance.

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“Especially because it is a proven innovative fishing method that would be of great use to us in these times.”

Peter van Dalen, of the Christian Union party, added: “The pulse will soon be discussed again in the EU parliament during the evaluation of the current regulations.

“Pulse trawling fishing has been hit again, but not yet beaten.”

Former Brexit Party MEP and fishing champion June Mummery said the ECJ’s decision to rule against pulse fishing was “excellent news”.

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She added: “Now we need our Government to grow a backbone and reinstate the 1988 Merchant Act… There is no excuse.”

The legislation, introduced by former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, required vessels fishing in UK waters to be at least 75 percent British owned.

The law was eventually overturned because it clashed with regulations put in place by the then-European Community.

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