Spain increases anchovy quota

The Spanish anchovy quota has been increased. Credit: J. L. Perea/CENEAM - MMA The Spanish anchovy quota has been increased. Credit: J. L. Perea/CENEAM - MMA

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment in Spain has announced a 1,000mt increase to the anchovy quota in the Gulf of Cadiz and southern Galicia, thanks to an exchange agreement with Portugal.

With this increase, the Spanish quota for 2013 now stands at 6,726mt, 1,500mt more than in 2012 - the year that Spain had to pay 1,000mt because of overfishing in 2011.

The Ministry says that the efficient management of the quota has been possible thanks to a 5% TAC increase, which was obtained by negotiation with the Commission last December, and is also due to the new management plan in Gulf of Cadiz that was passed this year. The management plan includes a quota allocation per port and exchanges with the neighbouring country.

Unlike in 2012, quotas have not been exhausted prematurely and overfishing has not occurred.

The Ministry hopes that the development of management measures for anchovy and the forthcoming entry into force of the fisheries protocol with Morocco will contribute to sustained profitability of fishing boats and crew, particularly in the region of Andalusia.

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