2005/499/EC: Commission Decision of 12 July 2005 laying down special conditions for imports of fishery products from the Bahamas (notified under document number C(2005) 2518) (Text with EEA relevance)


Published: 2005-07-12

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14.7.2005   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 183/99


COMMISSION DECISION

of 12 July 2005

laying down special conditions for imports of fishery products from the Bahamas

(notified under document number C(2005) 2518)

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2005/499/EC)

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Directive 91/493/EEC of 22 July 1991 laying down the health conditions for the production and the placing on the market of fishery products (1), and in particular Article 11(1) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

An inspection has been carried out on behalf of the Commission in the Bahamas to verify the conditions under which fishery products are produced, stored and dispatched to the Community.

(2)

The requirements in the legislation of the Bahamas on health inspection and monitoring of fishery products may be considered equivalent to those laid down in Directive 91/493/EEC.

(3)

In particular, the ‘Department of Fisheries (DF)’ is capable of effectively verifying the implementation of the rules in force.

(4)

The DF has provided official assurances on compliance with the standards for health controls and monitoring of fishery products as set out in Chapter V of the Annex to Directive 91/493/EEC and on the fulfilment of hygienic requirements equivalent to those laid down by that Directive.

(5)

It is appropriate to lay down detailed provisions concerning fishery products imported into the Community from the Bahamas, in accordance with Directive 91/493/EEC.

(6)

It is also necessary to draw up a list of approved establishments, factory vessels, or cold stores, and a list of freezer vessels equipped in accordance with the requirements of Council Directive 92/48/EEC of 16 June 1992 laying down the minimum hygiene rules applicable to fishery products caught on board certain vessels in accordance with Article 3(1)(a)(i) of Directive 91/493/EEC (2). Those lists should be drawn up on the basis of a communication from the DF to the Commission.

(7)

It is appropriate for this Decision to be applied 45 days after its publication providing for the necessary transitional period.

(8)

The measures provided for in this Decision are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

The ‘Department of Fisheries (DF)’ shall be the competent authority in the Bahamas identified for the purposes of verifying and certifying compliance of fishery products with the requirements of Directive 91/493/EEC.

Article 2

Fishery products imported into the Community from the Bahamas shall meet the requirements set out in Articles 3, 4 and 5.

Article 3

1.   Each consignment shall be accompanied by a numbered original health certificate in accordance with the model set out in Annex I and comprising a single sheet, duly completed, signed and dated.

2.   The health certificate shall be drawn up in at least one official language of the Member State where the checks are carried out.

3.   The health certificate shall bear the name, capacity and signature of the representative of the DF, and the latter’s official stamp in a colour different from that of the endorsements.

Article 4

The fishery products shall come from approved establishments, factory vessels, or cold stores, or from registered freezer vessels listed in Annex II.

Article 5

All packages shall bear the word ‘THE BAHAMAS’ and the approval/registration number of the establishment, factory vessel, cold store or freezer vessel of origin in indelible letters, except in the case of frozen fishery products in bulk and intended for the manufacture of preserved foods.

Article 6

This Decision shall apply from 28 August 2005.

Article 7

This Decision is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 12 July 2005.

For the Commission

Markos KYPRIANOU

Member of the Commission


(1)  OJ L 268, 24.9.1991, p. 15. Directive as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 806/2003 (OJ L 122, 16.5.2003, p. 1).

(2)  OJ L 187, 7.7.1992, p. 41.


ANNEX I

HEALTH CERTIFICATE

for fishery products from the Bahamas and intended for export to the European Community, excluding bivalve molluscs, echinoderms, tunicates and marine gastropods in whatever form

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ANNEX II

LIST OF ESTABLISHMENTS AND VESSELS

Approval No

Name

City

Region

Approval limit

Category

01

Tropic Seafood Ltd

New Providence

 

PP

04

Marsh Harbour Exporters & Importers Ltd

Abaco

 

PP

08

Ronald's Seafood Ltd

Eleuthera

 

PP

16

Performance Fisheries Ltd

Long Island

 

PP

22

Paradise Fisheries Ltd

New Providence

 

PP

29

Seafarmer (David Kreiser)

New Providence

 

FV

64

Heritage Seafood Ltd

New Providence

 

PP

68

Hurricane Shawn (Hurricane Seafoods)

New Providence

 

FV

69

Typhoon Kyle (Hurricane Seafoods)

New Providence

 

FV

70

Painful Pleasure (Hurricane Seafoods)

New Providence

 

FV

71

Turn Me Loose (Hurricane Seafoods)

New Providence

 

FV

90

G & L Seafoods

Grand Bahama

 

PP

Legend:

FV

Factory vessels

PP

Processing plant