EU chief raises cod quota, warns on herring

17 Sep 2010
The Commission suggests the quota for eastern Baltic cod should be raised 15% to 58,957 tonnes in 2011, and the western Baltic cod quota should be raised 6% to 18,800 tonnes.

The Commission suggests the quota for eastern Baltic cod should be raised 15% to 58,957 tonnes in 2011, and the western Baltic cod quota should be raised 6% to 18,800 tonnes.

Fishermen in the Baltic Sea should be allowed to haul in more cod next year but herring populations are in peril and quotas should be cut by nearly a third, said European fisheries commissioner Maria Damanaki.

The western Baltic herring stock has reached record lows due to high fishing pressure and slow reproduction in recent years, say EU scientists.

"We will need to make serious reductions in fishing pressure to ensure sustainable management of these important stocks," Damanaki said in a statement.

Her team at the European Commission proposed a 30% cut to the quota for the Baltic's western herring fishery to 15,884 tonnes in 2011 and a 28% cut for the central herring fishery to 91,640 tonnes.

European fisheries ministers will discuss the proposal and decide quotas at a meeting in October.

By contrast, cod is reproducing well in the Baltic and has benefited from recent conservation measures.

The quota for eastern Baltic cod should be raised 15% to 58,957 tonnes in 2011, and that for western Baltic cod should be raised by 6% to 18,800 tonnes, the Commission said.

The main Baltic salmon fishery is suffering from low survival of juveniles at sea, and quotas should therefore be cut 15% to 250,109 tonnes.

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