EC proposes 2013 opportunities for stocks under international agreements

20 Nov 2012

The European Commission has proposed its 2013 fishing opportunities for fish stocks which are jointly managed with third parties, such as Norway or Regional Fisheries Management Organisations throughout the world.

The Commission says that international negotiations for many of these stocks are still on-going and for that reason the proposal includes relatively few figures at this stage, but it will be completed once negotiations with third parties and organisations have taken place.

Commissioner Maria Damanaki, said, "Today's proposal concerns those stocks that are managed jointly by the EU with other countries and within RFMOs. For many stocks, the Commission is still negotiating on behalf of the EU Member States. In these negotiations, the Commission will do its utmost to obtain the best outcome for our fishermen while also respecting scientific advice. I strongly hope that our partners and the international community will also show their commitment to sustainable fisheries."

This proposal will be discussed at the Fisheries Council meeting in Brussels in December, along with another proposal relating to fish stocks in the Atlantic and the North Sea.

Tables with the proposals and other information can be found here.

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