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New Fishing Bans for Swedish Waters

Lucy Towers
12 September 2016, at 1:00am

EU - The European Commission has adopted two regulations that will help Member States comply with European environmental legislation to protect natural environments.

The first regulation concerns the North Sea, where new fishing bans will apply to a marine protected area in Swedish waters and to some Natura 2000 sites in Danish waters.

The second regulation concerns the Danish Natura 2000 sites of the Baltic Sea and replaces Regulation (EU) 2015/1778.

The new measures aim to protect reefs, and both sea-pen and burrowing fauna. The protection measures prohibit fishing with bottom trawling gears or - in some cases – any kind of fishing.

As an additional control measure, the use of automatic identification systems has become mandatory for vessels not required to have vessels monitoring systems on board in the Swedish protected area.