Study on engine power verification by Member States
Final report - Study
Engine power of fishing vessels is one of the measures used to control fishing effort and to determine the fleet size of European fishing fleets, in order to ensure sustainable management of marine resources. For effective management of fishing effort, registered power values must be reliable. The engine power verification systems which EU Member States are required to establish were reviewed in 15 Member States. In addition, physical power verifications were conducted onboard 68 fishing vessels in 14 Member States. Most Member States have implemented an ineffective verification system, or no... verification system at all. The measured engine power exceeded the certified engine power during 51% of the verifications, and for 16% of the inspected vessels there are secondary indications of non-compliance with engine power restrictions. Improvements of both the certification and verification system are necessary to increase the accuracy of registered engine power. In case engines which are capable of producing substantially more power than the power output stated at the fishing license of the vessel in which they are installed are operated to their full potential, this undermines the effectiveness of fishing effort regimes. Sealing certain engine settings or deploying continuous power measurement could prevent such infringements.