Baltic Sea TACs proposed for 2013

28 Aug 2012
The EC has proposed its 2013 Baltic Sea fishing opportunities. Credit: Nikater/Wiki

The EC has proposed its 2013 Baltic Sea fishing opportunities. Credit: Nikater/Wiki

The European Commission has tabled its proposal for 2013 Baltic Sea fishing opportunities.

According to the Commission, scientists have said that more stocks will be fished at Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) level in the Baltic Sea. The TAC cuts adopted in previous years have proved to be an efficient measure to reach sustainability in the Baltic fishery and the number of known stocks at MSY level could go up from three to six in 2013, if the proposed TACs are adopted.

For eastern Baltic cod, the Commission has proposed to decrease the TAC by 9 % (to 61,565t) and to decrease the TAC for western Baltic cod by 2% (to 20,800t), due to more precise scientific advice that became available this year.

For the second year in a row, the Commission proposes to increase the TAC for the Western herring stock. For 2013 this increase is by 23% (to 25,800t).

Last year the Commission proposed to reduce TAC for salmon significantly, in order to recover salmon populations to sustainable levels. The TAC for the next year is proposed to be at the similar level as adopted last year corresponding to a slight decrease by 11% (to 108 762 pieces), in line with the scientific advice received and is based on the salmon management plan. The Gulf of Finland salmon stock has not changed from the last year and the same TAC as last year has been proposed.

The Commission proposes to increase the TAC for sprat by 11%, to 249,978t.

Based on new methodology used by scientists to estimate the size of the plaice stock, the proposed TAC for plaice constitutes an increase by 18% to 3,409t.

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