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Globaal actie- en herstructureringsplan voor een duurzame Vlaamse zeevisserijsector
Task Force Visserij (2006). Globaal actie- en herstructureringsplan voor een duurzame Vlaamse zeevisserijsector. Centrale Raad voor het Bedrijfsleven. Bijzondere Raadgevende Commissie voor de Visserij/Rederscentrale Stichting Duurzame Visserijontwikkeling/Vlaamse Overheid (Departement Landbouw- en Visserijbeleid, Dienst Zeevisserij, ILVO): Oostende. 37 pp.

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  • Task Force Visserij

Abstract
    The adverse economic situation the Flemish fisheries sector is largely due to structural overcapacity. Late 2005, the fleet consisted of 121 fishing vessels (123 fishing licences) mainly focused on flatfish species (beam trawl). As a result of the strong decline in total allowable catches (TACs) these past years - combined with the high fuel cost - the fleet can no longer fish in a profitable way.Currently, the Belgian fisheries sector suffers huge economic losses and partially even has a negative cash flow. Based on the reasoning that the receipts of the vessels increase on average to the extent that capacity is withdrawn from the fleet, it can be estimated how many vessels were in surplus to have the fleet operate on an overall break-even level: this could be translated into an overcapacity of 5 small and 9 large vessels.However, such estimates strongly depend on the hypotheses used, namely the evolution of the fuel price and of the TACs. The aforementioned scenario starts from a 2% decrease in the TACs (from 2005 to 2006) and a constant fuel price of 0.42€/l, which is the price of October 2005. For example: a transition to another European management system of the TACs, namely to MSY (Maximum Sustainable Yield) might cause the TACs to fall by another 30% in the next five years.

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