EC proposes Baltic fishing opportunities

20 Aug 2012
The European Commission has proposed fishing opportunites in the Baltic Sea. Photo: Skarabeusz

The European Commission has proposed fishing opportunites in the Baltic Sea. Photo: Skarabeusz

The European Commission has suggested improved fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2013 after receiving scientific advice.

Scientific advice from the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee on Fisheries (STECF) and the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES), has indicated that stocks managed at Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) level in the Baltic Sea might be increasing.

The European Commission, therefore, plans to increase the Total Allowable Catches (TAC) for Western herring by 23% (to 25,800 tonnes) and Central herring by 9% (to 85,155 tonnes). TACs for sprat will also increase by 11% (to 249,978 tonnes), and plaice by 18% (to 3,409 tonnes) based on a developed methodology to estimate stock sizes.

Following scientific advice, the TAC’s for cod in the Eastern Baltic will decrease by 9% (to 61,565 tonnes), as will stocks which have not yet recovered, such as the Gulf of Riga herring (by 10%).

The objective of the Commission’s proposal, which will be deliberated by the Member States’ Ministers at the October Fisheries Council, is to make environmentally and economically sustainable fisheries in the Baltic Sea.

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