On this page, you can find the timeline of our campaign against electric pulse fishing, until the victory, together!
October 4 2016: BLOOM sends a letter to the French National Fisheries Committee to co-support a full ban
In this letter, BLOOM asked the Committee to support a full ban on electric pulse fishing, due to our concerns regarding ecosystem impacts and the clear opposition to this technique by French fishers. We have never received any official response to our letter.
February 24 2017: Ségolène Royal requests a moratorium on electric fishing to the European Commission
In a letter sent to Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Ségolène Royal (Chair of COP21 and former French Minister of Ecology) advocated for a ban on electric fishing.
April 3 2017: BLOOM recruits a full-time researcher to investigate on electric fishing
Laetitia Bisiaux from engineering school “AgroParisTech” start her intership at BLOOM. She will be instrumental in gathering data and forming BLOOM’s opinion on this destructive fishery.
June 21 2017: BLOOM fights electric fishing at the European Parliament
Thanks to efficient lobbying by the Netherlands, a conference was held in the European Parliament on 21 June 2017 on the issue of electric fishing. BLOOM attended the meeting and delivered a short speech.
October 2 2017: BLOOM files a complaint against the Netherlands
BLOOM’s campaign officially started on the 2nd of October 2017, when we filed a complaint to the European Commission against the Netherlands with regards to their unlawful exemptions.
October 2 2017: France’s position is confirmed
French Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Travert confirms France’s official position, following a tweet from Ségolène Royal
October 9 2017: priority question to the European Commission
French Green MEP Pascal Durand submitted a priority question to the Commission regarding the unlawful number of exemptions that were granted to Dutch trawlers. The Commission is supposed to answer withing three weeks, but has not provided any clarification on the matter yet.
November 27: The answer of the Commission can be read here.
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the Commission (27.11.2017)
The Commission is currently examining the complaint lodged by BLOOM and is in the process of verifying the relevant infomation, notably as regards the exact number of licenses granted by the Netherlands pursuing to Article 31a of Regulation (EC) No 850/98.
As long as this verification is not completed, the Commission is neither in a position to provide the Honourable Member with an accurate state of play, nor to make any statement concerning compliance with the above-mentioned Article over the years.”
 Council Regulation (EC) No 850/98 of 30 March 1998 for the conservation of fishery resources through technical measures for the protection of juveniles of marine organisms, OJ L 125, 27.4.1998, p. 1–36
November 2 2017: BLOOM launches a petition against electric pulse fishing
BLOOM launched a petition against electric pulse fishing. SIGN IT AND SHARE IT before November 21 2017, date on which MEPs of the PECH Committee will decide whether electric pulse fishing becomes conventional.
November 6 2017: small-scale fishers from Northern France threaten to block ports depending on the outcome of November 21’s PECH vote
Sole netters from Northern France announce that they will block the port of Calais if Members of the PECH Committee of the European Parliament vote for the expansion of electric fishing in Europe.
November 8 2017: small-scale fishers of Europe send an open letter to MEPs
The LIFE (Low Impact Fishers of Europe) platform wrote to MEPs, asking them not to soften the current framework on electric pulse fishing.
November 8 2017: French MEP Paul Christophe requests the French Government to clearly position itself against electric fishing
The answer of the French Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Travert is weak: “we will not defend electric fishing”
November 14 2017: meeting of the shadow rapporteurs at the Parliament
While in Strasbourg for a plenary session, MEPs of the PECH Committee gathered to discuss the Technical Measures Regulation that will set the Commission’s position with regards to on electric pulse fishing before the actual vote in plenary.
November 14 2017: Rt. Hon. Richard Benyon supports our campaign
At a Westminster Hall Debate, UK Minister for Fisheries and the Natural Environment (2010-2013) Rt. Hon. Richard Benyon said: “My final point is to ask, please, in the remaining months for which we are in the EU, that we hold it to account to make sure that pulse fishing is banned. […] I applaud the BLOOM Association and other NGOs that are campaigning hard on it” (at 15h22 50s)
November 15 2017: op-ed in Le Monde signed by politicians and scientists
An op-ed is published in Le Monde, in which politicians and scientists ask for a full ban on the destructive fishing method.
According to the signatories, “accepting the development of pulse fishing would also implicitly mean we admit failure: there are not enough fish left for fishers to fill their nets without needing increasingly efficient fishing gears“.
The op-ed was also published in Spanish in EfeVerde and La Vanguardia.
November 15 2017: electric pulse fishing and BLOOM are featured on main French TV news
France 2, one of the main French TV channels, airs a 5min coverage on pulse fishing in prime time.
November 16 2017: BLOOM requests more transparency to the Dutch lobby
During a meeting facilitated by Seafish in London on November 16 2017, BLOOM reminded Dutch lobby VisNed that we filed a complaint against the Netherlands to the European Commission regarding their illegal licenses. We also asked VisNed’s representative to provide us with the full list of beneficiaries of the 2007-2015 European Fisheries Fund (EFF). The Netherlands is one of the only EU coastal countries (along with Bulgaria, Lithuania, Malta, Poland and Portugal) not to have published this list. This is unfortunate, as most vessels using pulse trawls will have been equipped under this Fund.
November 21 2017: BLOOM’s petition gathers over 84 000 votes prior to the PECH Committee vote!
The 84 000 signatures mark was surpassed minutes before the vote on the Technical Measures Regulation by the European Parliament’s PECH Committee. Several MEPs participated to the event: Yannick Jadot (Greens, France), Anja Hazekamp (GUE, Netherlands), Karima Delli (Greens, France), Marco Affronte (Greens, Italy), Pascal Durand (Greens, France) and Nathalie Griesbeck (ALDE, France). Thanks to our champions for supporting our campaign against electric pulse fishing, and thanks to all of you who signed the petition!
December 12, 2017: European petition to stop Electric Pulse Fishing in Europe
It will undoubtedly take time to rid ourselves of this terrible fishing method, but with the support of citizens, we have managed to get deep-sea trawling banned in Europe, so let’s get to work to show what we are capable of together!