Author: Dave Keating
The vote, which has been delayed several times since March, was supposed to be held today (17 October).
The European Commission proposed a stricter licensing system for deep-sea fishing in July 2012. Licenses for vessels that use certain types of uneconomical deep-sea fishing equipment (bottom trawls and bottom-set gillnets) would be phased out and banned under the proposal, from two years after the regulation enters force.
The small but influential deep-sea fleet has complained that the law would unfairly penalise certain fishing methods for no justifiable reason. They say it is based on inaccurate impact assessments. Deep sea fishing accounts for 1% of fishing in EU waters, mostly in Portuguese and Spanish waters.