Black Sea quotas

28 Nov 2013

Black Sea fishing opportunities for 2014 have been proposed by the European Commission.

Bulgaria and Romania are the only two Member States affected by the proposals, which are to cut the EU quota for turbot by 15% (to 74 tonnes) and to keep the EU quota for sprat unchanged at 11,475 tonnes.

The EU quota for turbot is divided evenly between Bulgaria and Romania, whilst the national quotas for sprat are set at 70% of the total EU quota for Bulgaria and 30% for Romania.

The Commission says that the proposal has taken into consideration the advice by the Commission's Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) and will be discussed by EU member state ministers at the December Fisheries Council.

The Commission is promoting the adoption of management measures for the Black Sea in the framework of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM). This year a set of technical measures affecting the turbot fishery have been adopted whilst in 2014 the GFCM will also test the feasibility of establishing management plans in the region.

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