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Brussels presents Atlantic and North Sea fish quotas

29 October 2016, 10:42 CET
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Brussels presents Atlantic and North Sea fish quotas

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(BRUSSELS) - The European Commission presented its proposal Thursday for 2017 fishing quotas in the Atlantic and the North Sea, in preparation for the Fisheries Council in December.

This is the annual scheme for the amount of fish which can be caught by EU fishermen from the main commercial fish stocks next year, also referred to as Total Allowable Catches (TACs). The Commission, based on scientific advice received, proposes to maintain or increase the current fishing quotas for 42 stocks which are in good health, and reduce catches for 28 stocks which are faring poorly.

On the basis of the scientific advice received, the Commission proposes to maintain or increase the current fishing quotas for 42 stocks which are in good health, and reduce catches for 28 stocks which are faring poorly.

The Commission's goal is "to bring stocks to healthy and sustainable levels as soon as possible so that our fishing industry can remain viable", said Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella. "This is not up to the Commission alone: stakeholders are fundamental enablers in this process. We are proposing an ambitious programme for 2017 and the only way forward will be to work with fishermen, scientists and national authorities to develop real solutions that lead to fisheries that are both economically profitable and sustainable".

Later this autumn the Commission will also propose some additional quotas, the so-called 'quota top-ups', for the fisheries that fall under the landing obligation in 2017. These extra quotas are granted on account of the fact that fishermen can no longer discard the fish caught unintentionally but have to land it. The allowed quota is therefore increased to facilitate the transition to the new system of no discards. The exact top-ups per fishery will be determined on the basis of scientific advice expected in mid-November and of the quantities that need to be landed according to the regional discard plans.

The proposal covers stocks managed by the EU alone and stocks managed with third countries, such as Norway, or through Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) across the world's oceans. International negotiations for many of the stocks concerned are still ongoing and some stocks are awaiting scientific advice. For these, the figures will be included at a later stage, once the negotiations with third countries and within RFMOs have taken place.

The Commission's proposal will now be submitted for discussion and adoption by the Ministers of Member States at the Fisheries Council in December, to be applied as from 1 January 2017.

Further information

See tables below for details on today's proposals for the Atlantic and the North Sea

TACs and quotas

Questions and Answers on Commission's proposal on fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2017

Note: The tables below only list EU stocks not shared with third countries

Table 1: Stocks with proposals for increased TAC

Common name

Scientific name

TAC Unit

final TAC in 2016

TAC 2017 (Proposal)

TAC change: 2016 - 2017 (Proposal)

Anglerfish

Lophius

VIIIc, IX, X, CECAF 34.1.1

2569

3955

54.0%

Common sole

Solea solea

VIIe

979

1178

20.3%

Common sole

Solea solea

IIIa; Union waters of Subdivisions 22-32

391

534

36.6%

Common sole

Solea solea

VIIfg

779

782

0.4%

Haddock

Melanogrammus

VIIb-k, VIII, IX and X; Union waters of CECAF 34.1.1

7258

7751

6.8%

Haddock

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

Union and international waters of VIb, XII and XIV

3225

4130

28.1%

Hake (overall N. TAC)

Merluccius

Overall northern TACs (IIIa / IIa and IV / Vb, VI, VII, XII and XIV / VIIIabde)

108784

111865

2.8%

Horse Mackerel

Trachurus

IX

68583

73349

6.9%

Norway lobster

Nephrops

IX and X; Union waters of CECAF 34.1.1

320

336

5.0%

Norway lobster

Nephrops

IIIa; Union waters of Subdivisions 22-32

11001

12715

15.6%

Table 2: Stocks with no changes in TAC[1]

Common name

Scientific name

TAC Unit

final TAC in 2016

TAC 2017 (Proposal)

TAC change: 2016 - 2017 (Proposal)

Anchovy

Engraulis

IX and X; Union waters of CECAF 34.1.1

10622

10622

0.0%

Cod

Gadus morhua

Kattegat

370

370

0.0%

Cod

Gadus morhua

VIa; Union and international waters of Vb east of 12º 00' W

0

0

0.0%

Common sole

Solea solea

VIIIab

3420

3420

0.0%

Lemon sole and witch

Microstomus kitt and Glyptocephalus cynoglossus

IIa (EC), North Sea (EC)

6391

6391

0.0%

Megrims

Lepidorhombus

Union waters of IIa and IV

2639

2639

0.0%

Plaice

Pleuronectes

VIIa

1098

1098

0.0%

Turbot and Brill

Psetta maxima & Scopthalmus rhombus

Union waters of IIa and IV

4488

4488

0.0%

Table 3: Stocks with proposals for decreased TAC

Common name

Scientific name

TAC Unit

final TAC in 2016

TAC 2017 (Proposal)

TAC change: 2016 - 2017 (Proposal)

Anglerfish

Lophius

VII

33516

29534

-11.9%

Anglerfish

Lophius

VIIIabde

8980

7914

-11.9%

Blue ling

Molva dypterigia

Int. waters of XII

446

357

-20.0%

Boarfish

Caproidae

Union and international waters of VI, VII and VIII

42637

27288

-36.0%

Cod

Gadus morhua

VIIb, VIIc, VIIe-k, VIII, IX and X; Union waters of CECAF

4565

1447

-68.3%

Common sole

Solea solea

VIIa

40

7

-82.5%

Common sole

Solea solea

VIId

3258

2257

-30.7%

Greater silver smelt

Argentina silus

Union and international waters of V, VI and VII

4316

3453

-20.0%

Hake

Merluccius

VIIIc, IX and X; Union waters of CECAF 34.1.1

10674

6838

-35.9%

Herring

Clupea

VIa (S), VIIb, VIIc

1630

1360

-16.6%

Herring

Clupea

VIIa(1)

4575

4127

-9.8%

Herring

Clupea

VIIg(1), VIIh(1), VIIj(1) and VIIk(1)

15442

14467

-6.3%

Herring

Clupea harengus

Union and international waters of Vb, VIb and VIaN(1)

4170

3480

-16.5%

Megrims

Lepidorhombus

VIIIabde

1802

1513

-16.0%

Megrims

Lepidorhombus

Union and international waters of Vb; VI;

5214

4900

-6.0%

Megrims

Lepidorhombus

VII

18254

13099

-28.2%

Megrims

Lepidorhombus

VIIIc, IX and X; Union waters of CECAF 34.1.1

1363

1013

-25.7%

Norway lobster

Nephrops

VIIIc

48

0

-100.0%

Norway lobster

Nephrops

Union waters of IIa and IV

13700

13686

-0.1%

Plaice

Pleuronectes

VIIde

12446

10022

-19.5%

Plaice

Pleuronectes

VIIfg

420

405

-3.6%

Plaice

Pleuronectes

VIIhjk

135

108

-20.0%

Plaice

Pleuronectes platessa

Kattegat

2347

2065

-12.0%

Pollack

Pollachius pollachius

VIIIabde

1482

1186

-20.0%

Pollack

Pollachius pollachius

VII

13495

10796

-20.0%

Sprat

Sprattus

VIIde

5150

4120

-20.0%

Whiting

Merlangius

VI; Union and international waters of Vb; international waters of XII and XIV

213

0

-100.0%

Whiting

Merlangius

VIII

2540

2032

-20.0%

Table 4: Stocks subject to late advice or ongoing negotiations

Common name

Scientific name

TAC Unit

final TAC in 2016

Anglerfish

Lophiidae

Union waters of IIa and IV

11267

Anglerfish

Lophius

VI; Union and international waters of Vb; international waters of XII and XIV

6375

Blue ling

Molva dypterigia

Union and int. waters of Vb, VI, VII

4746

Cod

Gadus morhua

VIIa

146

Common sole

Solea solea

Union waters of IIa and IV

13252

Dab and flounder

Limanda limanda & Platichthys flesus

Union waters of IIa and IV

18434

Haddock

Melanogrammus

Vb,VIa

6462

Haddock

Melanogrammus

VIIa

1654

Horse Mackerel

Trachurus

Union waters of IIa, IVa; VI, VIIa-c,VIIe-k, VIIIa, VIIIb, VIIId and VIIIe; Union and international waters of Vb; international waters of XII and XIV

107168

Horse Mackerel

Trachurus

Union waters of IVb, IVc and VIId

11650

Horse Mackerel

Trachurus

VIIIc

17235

Ling

Molva molva

Union and int. waters of VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII, XIV

10297

Ling

Molva molva

IV (EU)

2912

Norway lobster

Nephrops

VI; Union and international waters of Vb

16524

Norway lobster

Nephrops

VII

23348

Norway lobster

Nephrops

VII - Porcupine Bank special condition

1850

Norway lobster

Nephrops

VIIIabde

3899

Norway pout

Trisopterus esmarki

IIIa, Union waters of IIa and IV

129000

Picked dogfish

Squalus

Union and international waters of I, V, VI, VII, VIII, XII and XIV

0

Picked dogfish

Squalus

Union waters of IIa and IV

0

Picked dogfish

Squalus

Union waters of IIIa

0

Sandeel

Ammodytes

Union waters of IIa, IIIa and IV

79219

Skates and rays

Rajidae

Union waters of IIa and IV

1313

Skates and rays

Rajidae

Union waters of IIIa

47

Skates and rays

Rajidae

Union waters of VIa, VIb, VIIa-c and VIIe-k

8032

Skates and rays

Rajidae

Union waters of VIII and IX

3420

Skates and rays

Rajidae

VIId

966

Sprat

Sprattus sprattus

Union waters of IIa and IV

219500

Tusk

Brosme brosme

Union and international waters of V, VI and VII

937

Whiting

Merlangius

VIIb-k

22778

Table 5: Stocks for which the TAC is delegated to an individual member state

Common name

Scientific name

TAC Unit

Delegated to

Herring

Clupea

VI Clyde(1)

United Kingdom

Horse Mackerel

Trachurus

CECAF(Canaries)

Spain

Horse Mackerel

Trachurus

CECAF(Madeira)

Portugal

Horse Mackerel

Trachurus

X,CECAF(Azores)

Portugal

Penaeus shrimps

Penaeus

French Guyana

France

[1] This table [Table 2] does not include the stocks included in the Joint Statement by the Council and the Commission "Ad statement stable stocks" (see Council document PECHE 491, 15502/15 REV1). The TACs for data limited stocks included in this statement will be maintained for a further 2 years, unless the perception of the status of any of these stocks changes significantly during this period.

Source: European Commission


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