Ministers called on to decide TACs and 2017 quotas

12 Dec 2016

EAPO and Europêche have sent a joint position paper of observations and relevant recommendations for about 25 stocks to the Council of Fisheries Ministers.

This comes ahead of the December Fisheries Council, the two organisations are calling on the ministers not to take the time table towards Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) as a dogma, but to apply a pragmatic and common sense approach to reaching the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) objectives.

Pim Visser, president of EAPO, said: “We are offering constructive suggestions to modify the unjustifiable measures in the Commission’s proposals on fishing opportunities for key stocks in 2017.”

He added: “The Fisheries Ministers should find workable and realistic solutions to avoid the potentially devastating impacts – both biological and economic – some Commission proposals will have on the European fishing industry.”

“Adopting the measures proposed by the Commission without any change is in contradiction with the objectives of the CFP to achieve environmentally sustainable activities in the long-term with economic, social and employment benefits, and contributing to the availability of food supplies.”  

In the position paper, EAPO and Europêche highlighted concerns with the Commission’s management proposals for a list of demersal and pelagic stocks.

It said that its suggestions are realistic solutions which remain in line with scientific advice but are much closer to three pillar sustainability objectives enshrined in the CFP.

A full copy of the positional paper can be found on the Europêche website.

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