EU agrees 2011 catch limits for Black Sea

14 Dec 2010

The EU Council of Fisheries Ministers has reached political agreement on the total allowable catches (TACs) and quotas for turbot and sprat fisheries in the Black Sea.

Crucial to this result was an agreement supported by the member states concerned on an allocation key derived from historical catches which fully recognises the shared nature of the sprat stock.

At present, there is no regional fisheries management system for the Black Sea. Establishing an appropriate multi-lateral system to ensure sustainable fisheries in the region is a priority for the Commission over the next few years.

The decision provides a good basis for future negotiations with the EU's international partners, in particular with Turkey and Russia.

In the light of this important progress, and the commitment made by the member states concerned to work closely with the Commission to improve monitoring and control in these fisheries, agreement was reached on a reduction of 10% in the TACs for each of the two stocks concerned.

As a result, the TAc for the EU in the Black Sea was set at 86.4 tonnes for turbot, and 11,475 tonnes for sprat.

Following agreement of an allocation key for sprat, Bulgaria will receive 70% (8,032.5 tonnes) and Romania 30% (3,442.5 tonnes) of the TAC.

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