The measures may include
- minimum landing sizes and minimum conservation sizes
- specifications for design and use of gears
- minimum mesh sizes for nets
- requirement of selective gears to reduce unwanted catches
- closed areas and seasons
- limitations on by-catches (catches of unwanted or non-target species)
- measures to minimize the impact of fishing on the marine ecosystems and environment
Technical measures regulation
The technical measures regulation came into force in 2019.
EU countries with a fisheries interest in a given sea basin can agree on regional technical measures, adapted to the specific regional circumstances. Such measures can then be adopted as EU secondary legislation, if confirmed by scientists to be consistent with the objectives of the common fisheries policy.
The technical measures regulation aims to de-centralise the management of technical features to the regional level. It is therefore important to measure progress regularly. The regulation states that the Commission should carry out such assessments every 3 years.
Report: Implementation of the Technical Measures Regulation (Article 31 of Regulation (EU) 2019/1241)
Commission staff working document: Implementation of the Technical Measures Regulation (Article 31 of Regulation (EU) 2019/1241)
The technical measures regulation regulation (EU) 2019/1241 on the conservation of fisheries resources and the protection of marine ecosystems through technical measures
Regulation (EU) 2016/2336 establishing specific conditions for fishing for deep-sea stocks in the north-east Atlantic and provisions for fishing in international waters of the north-east Atlantic
Action plan for reducing incidental catches of seabirds in fishing gears
Cetacean incidental catches in fisheries: Report on the implementation of certain provisions of Council Regulation (EC) No 812/2004 and on a scientific assessment of the effects of using in particular gillnets, trammel nets and entangling nets on cetaceans in the Baltic Sea
Promoting more environmentally-friendly fishing methods: the role of technical conservation measures
Report on the selectivity in trawl fisheries for cod in the Baltic Sea