17.7.2020   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 230/7


COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2020/1045

of 13 July 2020

establishing a fisheries closure for bluefin tuna in the Atlantic Ocean, east of 45° W, and Mediterranean for vessels flying the flag of Greece

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009 of 20 November 2009 establishing a Union control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the common fisheries policy (1), and in particular Article 36(2) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Council Regulation (EU) 2020/123 (2) lays down quotas for 2020.

(2)

According to the information received by the Commission, catches of the stock of bluefin tuna in the Atlantic Ocean, east of 45° W, and Mediterranean by vessels flying the flag of or registered in Greece have exhausted the quota allocated for 2020.

(3)

It is therefore necessary to prohibit certain fishing activities for that stock,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Quota exhaustion

The fishing quota allocated to Greece for the stock of bluefin tuna in the Atlantic Ocean, east of 45° W, and Mediterranean for 2020 referred to in the Annex shall be deemed to be exhausted from the date set out in that Annex.

Article 2

Prohibitions

Fishing activities for the stock referred to in Article 1 by vessels flying the flag of or registered in Greece shall be prohibited from the date set out in the Annex. In particular it shall be prohibited to retain on board, relocate, tranship or land fish from that stock caught by those vessels after that date.

Article 3

Entry into force

This Regulation shall enter into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 13 July 2020.

For the Commission,

On behalf of the President,

Virginijus SINKEVIČIUS

Member of the Commission


(1)   OJ L 343, 22.12.2009, p. 1.

(2)  Council Regulation (EU) 2020/123 of 27 January 2020 fixing for 2020 the fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks and groups of fish stocks, applicable in Union waters and, for Union fishing vessels, in certain non-Union waters (OJ L 25, 30.1.2020, p. 1).


ANNEX

No

08/TQ/123

Member State

Greece

Stock

BFT/AE45WM

Species

Bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus)

Zone

Atlantic Ocean, east of 45° W, and Mediterranean

Closing date

22.6.2020 at 24.00