Multiannual fisheries management proposal

The EC has proposed a multiannual fisheries management plan for the Baltic Sea. Credit: Nikater/CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons The EC has proposed a multiannual fisheries management plan for the Baltic Sea. Credit: Nikater/CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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The European Commission (EC) has proposed multiannual fisheries management for the Baltic Sea in order to help increase predictability for fishermen and ensure high and sustainable catches.

Hailed as “the first real mixed fisheries management plan” it will apply to cod, herring and sprat and will replace the management plan already in place for the first two Baltic cod stocks.

Maria Damanaki, current European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, said: "This plan for the Baltic Sea is what we sought to achieve when we reformed the Common Fisheries Policy. It gives power to regional actors, and instead of having year-on-year planning, this long term plan will help ensure the sustainability of our stocks in the Baltic and provide a reliable source of income from fishing for fishermen.”

For fishermen, the EC said that the plan will mean clearer and simpler rules. It aims to empower stakeholders to develop technical measure to take control of their own fisheries management and leave Member States room to manoeuvre when it comes to deciding how best to implement the plan for their own sea-basin.

The EC said that since it applies to several fisheries, the plan is based on the most up to date scientific information on interactions within and between the stocks.

Rather than only planning for the short-term, the multiannual plan takes a long term approach to the management of fish stocks taking into account the specifics of different fisheries, which the EC said is crucial to exploiting stocks at a sustainable level.

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