Atlantic and North Sea TACs proposed

10 Nov 2015
The EC has proposed fish quotas for 2016 for the Atlantic and the North Sea. Image supplied by Seafish: www.seafish.org

The EC has proposed fish quotas for 2016 for the Atlantic and the North Sea. Image supplied by Seafish: www.seafish.org

The European Commission has proposed fish quotas for 2016 for the Atlantic and the North Sea, which includes maintaining or increasing quotas for 35 stocks and reducing catches for 28 stocks, based on scientific advice.

This is the first time the Commission has proposed quota ‘top ups’ for all fisheries under the landing obligation as of 2016, which have been introduced to help fishermen with the transition to the new obligation to land all catches. This extra quota aims to compensate fishermen for the extra fish they will have to land. On the basis of scientific advice to be received by mid-November the Commission will, later in the month, propose the catch increase including all the quantities that need to be landed.

The Commission proposes bringing the stocks to Maximum Sustainable Yield levels on the basis of scientific advice received from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). This year, advice was given for 34 stocks.

Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, said, "My objective is clear and ambitious: I want us to bring all stocks to healthy and sustainable levels as soon as possible. I am happy that for a number of fish stocks we can propose quota increases and achieve Maximum Sustainable Yield in 2016. The efforts of our fishermen paid off and we are here to support them also in making the transition to landing all fish caught. For other fish stocks however cuts need to be made so that we can protect the future of those stocks."

This proposal will be presented by Commissioner Vella at the December Fisheries Council to be applied as from 1 January 2016.

For details of the quotas proposed, please see the tables here.

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