Europe issues CFP update

10 Jul 2017
Vessels in EU waters

Europêche said the EC’s new approach provides European citizens with objective information in a digestible manner

The European Commission (EC) has launched its annual consultation on setting fishing opportunities for 2018, with a new overview on the progress made towards the achievement of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) objective.

Europêche said it is “very pleased” with the additional information issued with the consultation, which sets the traditional principles underpinning the EC 's proposal for Atlantic and North Sea fish quotas (TACs) next year.

The representative body for fisherman in the EU stated the EC’s new approach provides European citizens with objective information in a digestible manner.

The sector also welcomes the upward trends in many fish stocks and sustainable exploitation levels across Europe documented in the consultation.

President of Europêche, Javier Garat, stated: "Many stocks have recovered and are now delivering increased sustainable catches; this confirms that EU fisheries management has been successful. This also proves that there was no need for the introduction of radical measures such as the landing obligation.

“In order to find viable solutions, we welcome the EC readiness to scrap, where possible, TACs that may be conflicting with the implementation of the discard ban. However, given that the phasing-in of the most problematic species has been scheduled for 2019, we encourage the EC and Member States to use all available measures enshrined in the CFP such as realistic uplifts in quota and close monitoring and frequent choke analyses.”

The consultation reported that overexploitation has declined drastically across all areas apart from the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. The document also reflects an annual improvement in the number of TACs set at levels which can produce maximum sustainable yield (MSY), which now represent 61% of the total catches in the North-East Atlantic (44 stocks).

The analysis shows the recovery of many stocks, since the average biomass in the North-East Atlantic was 35 % higher in 2015 than in 2003.

The EC said that the overall picture in the Mediterranean Sea calls for more sustained efforts, but certain stocks are fished at sustainable rates and fleets are making progress. Bluefin tuna is reported to be at possibly the highest biomass levels ever recorded which led to a steady increase of the TAC by 25%.

The EC reported it is committed to using available tools to mitigate choke species effects and marketing of undersized catches.

Europêche warns that the choke species impact is still unknown and cannot be underestimated since it would prevent fishers to fully utilise their fishing opportunities and lead to significant economic losses.

The EC intends to propose 2018 TACs in line with achieving MSY exploitation rates the next year.

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