Commission proposes 30% anchovy TAC cut
The European has proposed to cut the Bay of Biscay anchovy TAC by 30%
The European Commission has proposed to cut the TAC for anchovy in the Bay of Biscay by 30% for the 1 July 2012 - 30 June 2013 fishing season.
The proposed TAC is 20,700t, based on the latest scientific advice. According to this advice, the stock remains well above safe biological limits, but its size of 68,180t has decreased compared to last year's record-high levels.
Anchovy is a species that can experience large variations from one year to the other due to its short life span and its dependency on environmental conditions for growth. Spain and France are the only Member States involved in this fishery.
The catch limit proposed results from a formula that determines the maximum tonnage that can be fished in a given year as a function of the size of the stock. It has been applied since 2010 and was developed by the Commission in cooperation with the industry and the Member States concerned to ensure long-term stability.
The stock size used in the proposal is a preliminary estimate that must be formally confirmed by the relevant scientific bodies. Should this figure change, the Commission says its proposal will be updated accordingly.
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