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Article 47 (Updated 9 Apr 09)

Dec 03,2008 SACN

A copy of the full draft regulation can be found at http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2008:0721:FIN:EN:PDF

Working Paper: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=SEC:2008:2760:FIN:EN:PDF

Article 47

a, Recreational fisheries on a vessel in Community waters on a stock subject to a multiannual plan shall be subject to an authorisation for that vessel issued by the flag Member State.

b, Catches in recreational fisheries on stocks subject to a multiannual plan shall be registered by the flag Member State.

c, Catches of species subject to a multiannual plan by recreational fisheries shall be counted against the relevant quotas of the flag Member State. The Member States concerned shall establish a share from such quotas to be used exclusively for the purpose of recreational fisheries.

d, The marketing of catches from a recreational fishery shall be prohibited except for philanthropic purposes.


Note: In a European context 'recreational fishing' mainly applies to men with nets, with angling mostly beneath the radar, but swept up in the definition as a matter of convenience. 


No 10 Petition website


UKIP Article 47 campaign, including links to UKIP petition and downloadable poster


Media Reports:

Various Press Releases (Updated 30 Jan 09 - Who Kills the Myth Killer Myths)


RTE News (includes link to video report)

The Sunday Times

fine gael

Irish Times

Daily Echo

Sunday Sun

Western Morning News

Sunday Sun


Falmouth Packet

Falmouth Packet (2)



British Democracy Forum

British Democracy Forum (2)


The Telegraph

email recieved 15 Jan:"I’ve just returned from a breezy couple of hours aboard a charter boat in Dartmouth Harbour with the reporter and film crew from the BBC 1 Daily Politics show, which will be broadcast just before lunch this coming Sunday. "

Angling Times

Yorkshire Post

Sunday Sun

BBC - The Politics Show

Video - Politics Show (South West)


Daily Express

The Scotsman


Aberdeen Press & Journal

Meridian News

(Meridian ran major news stories on article 47, in both its evening Southern and South-East regions on 21/1/09, and later on the 10 O'clock News, both regions interviewing different sets of people)  

Brighton Argus

Article and letter appeared in this week's Fishing News, the commercial fishing newspaper.

Western Morning News

The Telegraph

Herald Express

Yorkshire Post

Exmouth Herald

Angling Trust

The Courier

Andover Advertiser

The Telegraph

Exmouth Journal


EU - Euromyth

Kent News

North Devon Gazette

Western Morning News

Guernsey Press

This is the West Country

Blackpool Gazette

Tivyside Advertiser

The Scottish Sun

Falmouth Packet

Whitby Gazette

From Denmark

Countryfile (1st Feb)

Politics Show - South (1st Feb)


The Cornishman

Irish Times

Hindustani Times

Thanet Times


Hartlepool Today



The Cornishman

EU Parliament Magazine

Herald Express

BBC Breakfast Show  (Video)


Some Background

The Real Battle

Anglers Against Article 47 on Facebook


Neil Parrish MEP's 'Save Angling' Website


Questions and Debates in Parliament on Article 47









Next Steps (08 Jan 09)
Defra will now consider responses recieved and arrange meetings with stakeholder groups, coming to a UK position which will be communicated back to the EU.
The European Anglers Alliance has produced a response including comments from UK angling organisations which is delivered to Brussels as they continue lobbying in Brussels on behalf of all European Sea Anglers.
Anglers and Angling organisations are lobbying individual MEPs (and it's important that as many people as possible also get involved in lobbbying their own MEPs -   http://www.europarl.europa.eu/members/public.do?language=en )
Meanwhile in the EU a Rapporteur has been appointed to co-ordinate responses and actions:
* Rapporteur. The Parliament's Committee on Fisheries has appointed as rapporteur Spanish MEP (Green Group) Mr Raül ROMEVA i RUEDA
* The Committee on Fisheries will discuss the proposed regulation 21 January
* The Committee on Fisheries will vote on Mr Rueda's report 31 March (possibly with discussions also at the 2 March committee meeting)
* The Plenary voting is scheduled Friday 24 April.
Information from the Baltic Regional Advisory Council :

The Czech Presidency: First half of 2009

There are four areas of work under the Presidency which includes:

  • The Control Proposal: the aim is to consolidate and simplify existing rules and to develop a new harmonised approach to inspection and control. The Czech presidency expects to deal with the proposal in detail in spring, so it can be adopted under the Swedish Presidency.

From the EAA:

The decision time is this Autumn under the Swedish Presidency (but could drag out). However, things are packed now.

The European Commission will stick to what they have drafted until very late and close to adoption time in the Autumn, but their thinking about what needs changed is influenced by input from stakeholders, the Parliament's report (in April) and formal and informal feed-back from the Member States.

The Commission will take onboard what they need to have the final Regulation text adopted by the Council in the Autumn


Response submitted by the European Anglers Alliance (EAA)


EAA Notes:




An EU Committee on Fisheries meeting where the Control Regulations containing Article 47 was discussed took place on 21st January 2009


DEFRA is holding a first meeting with some of those who responded to their intial consultation in London on 27th January (further meetings are expected to take place around the country).

Later in the day, Article 47 is on the agenda of an 'Angling Summit' to be held in Westminster where the Fisheries Minister, Huw Irranca-Davies will be present, and attended by the angling press.


28 Jan 09 - Officials from EU countries, working in Council Working Group, are working through and debating each article within the Control Regulations article by article, it is expected that they will not reach Article 47 until around mid-March. 

Indications are that only the UK has raised Article 47 within the Council Working Group as a significant issue.

The UK is seeking further information and clarification on Article 47, before coming to a UK position, and is expected to launch a full public consultation in February on the Control Regulations.


10 Feb 09 - From a speech today by Jo Borg Member of the European Commission - Responsible for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs


Before I come to the end of my intervention let me say a few words about our proposal to reform the way we control fisheries activities in the future.

The most famous words contained in our proposal must be the words "recreational fishing". In some Member States our proposals in this regard have been misinterpreted alarming citizens that the Commission wants to start controlling millions of hobby anglers and impose quota restrictions on them. This would obviously be a crazy thing to do, and it is therefore not at all our intention to implement such a ludicrous system. Let me make clear once and for all that the hobby angler who catches a few kilos of fish every time he goes out fishing and uses it for his private consumption, will not be covered by the control regulation, even if he catches fish like cod which is under a recovery plan.

There are however facts and figures in abundance that show that certain forms of so called recreational fishing have a dangerously considerable impact on certain vulnerable fish stock. We cannot just keep restricting severely professional fishing on those stocks but give the recreational fishermen a free ride. They have to contribute as well to the conservation effort. It is with this balance in mind that the Commission will approach the issue in the context of negotiations.

We look forward to working with you on this question, on the whole control regulation and of course also on the reform of our policy. In any event, I know that we at the Commission can always rely on the Parliament to stimulate and support us in improving the lot of Europe's citizens.


27 Feb 09

Next meeting in Committee: 2 March
Deadline for amendments: 5 March
Voting in committee: 31 March
Voting plenary: 24 April
01 Mar 09
Suggested revised wording
24 Mar 09


31 Mar 09

EU Press Release Following MEP's Votes on Amendments


06 Apr 09

UK Government Position Announced


09 Apr 09

EAA & EFTTA Comments


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comment Comments (2 posted) 
  • Barry, I agree with you. This is not about RSA. I find it strange that the Common Fisheries Policy has been in existence for more than 20 years but nobody has seen RSA as a problem in need of being 'fixed' until now. What is the big difference today compared with the situation 5, 10, 20 years ago I wonder? The only logical explanation: the commercials need a chunk of RSA fish to fill their nets! What a fix.
(Posted on January 28, 2009, 9:43 pm JanisJop)

  • It is quite clear to me this proposel now being submitted by the eu is for the tightning of controls for the commercial fleets to TRY and get them to comply with cfp that has been an outright, dismal, hogwash, failure since inception. Governments have ignored the rules and the french fishing fleet in particular have been an outstanding example. Are they at present still being fined by the eu for illegal fishing practices, if so have they paid one euro to date. Why should the likes of joe borg and co wish to lump the rsa in with this lot. What difference will the rsa make to the overall condition of the fish stocks. It's all about control. They want it. They want to draft in another level of policing onshore to ensure that the cheats, scammers, thieves are delt with to TRY and bring them in line. Paid for by record amounts of tax payers contributions. They have failed so far, should the rsa be left out of this until such times that top down the managers and fleets can demonstrate that they can run a sustainable fishery, properly. Don't forget the rsa didn't trash it in the first place, the rsa havn't done anything wrong. Leave the rsa alone until you can show that thier house is in order. What with defra trying to 'enhance' the rsa fishing experiance, the future is not looking too good.
(Posted on December 4, 2008, 7:57 am barry luxton)

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