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Fisheries: Commission proposes fishing opportunities for 2012 for EU fish stocks in the Atlantic and North Sea

Brussels, 27 September 2011 - The European Commission presented today its first proposal for 2012 fishing opportunities for certain stocks in the Atlantic and the North Sea. Today's proposal sets levels of total allowable catch (TAC) and fishing effort for the fish stocks managed by the EU exclusively, and not for stocks managed with third countries. Based on scientific advice, the Commission proposes to increase the TAC for 9 stocks (certain stocks of cod, anglerfish, herring, haddock, hake, sole, megrim and Norway lobster) and reduce it for 53 stocks. For cod in the West of Scotland, the Irish Sea and the Kattegat, the Commission proposes that no fishing takes place in 2012, given the poor state of these stocks. The proposed changes would amount to an overall reduction in TACs (by weight) of 11% compared to 2011. The Commission's goal is to set TACs at science-based levels which help recover the stocks and make fisheries sustainable in the long term.

Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, said: "our proposal's cornerstones are long-term management of stocks and reliable scientific data to base our decisions on, in line with our proposed reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. This reform will deliver a fisheries policy fit for the future, based on viable fish stocks which will assure fishermen a decent income."

The proposed catch limits are based on the scientific advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF). Stakeholders were also consulted on the basis of the Commission's Consultation document from May (IP/11/638).

The Commission's ultimate aim is that all stocks are fished at sustainable levels, the so-called Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY), by 2015 – a commitment that the EU made to the international community, and which is also a key pillar of the proposed CFP reform.

To help achieve MSY by 2015, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) has started to frame its scientific advice with this goal in mind, whenever possible. Also, multi-annual management plans are being put in place for all major commercial stocks. Stocks managed in this way tend to fare better than those subject to short-term decision-making.

Background

The present proposal concerns only the 83 stocks for which the TACs are decided by the EU alone, and is scheduled to be discussed by the member states' fisheries ministers at the November Fisheries Council.

A second proposal will deal with the 66 stocks for which the fishing opportunities must be agreed with Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) or in the context of consultations with third countries and will be tabled later this autumn. Thanks to splitting the proposal in this way, fishermen will learn sooner how much they can fish in 2012 and be able to plan ahead better.

For some stocks the long-term approach has already proven beneficial. For example the stocks of anglerfish in North and North-West Spain may reach sustainable levels (MSY) already in 2012, even with higher catches (110% increase in TAC proposed), and the TACs for cod in the Celtic Sea and the Bay of Biscay can be safely increased by 141%.

But serious concerns for a number of stocks remain. In particular, due to poor state of the stocks, the Commission proposes to stop fishing for cod in the West of Scotland, the Irish Sea and the Kattegat. Poor data hampers the management of these stocks and despite successive cuts in the TACs over the recent years, the stocks still fail to recover.

For stocks where data are too poor to properly estimate their size, the Commission applied a so-called precautionary principle, reducing the TACs by between 15% and 25% until more reliable data are available.

For 12 stocks the scientific advice will be issued in the autumn, so the proposal contains no figures for them at the moment.

The Commission already proposed fishing opportunities for the Baltic Sea for 2012 on 15 September (IP/11/1033). These proposals will be discussed by ministers at the October Fisheries Council.

More information:

See attached tables for details on today's proposals for the Atlantic and the North Sea

TACs and quotas: http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/cfp/fishing_rules/tacs/index_en.htm

Scientific advice:

http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/cfp/fishing_rules/scientific_advice/index_en.htm

Multiannual management plans:

http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/cfp/fishing_rules/multi_annual_plans/index_en.htm

Table 1: Stocks with proposals for increased TAC

Latin

Species

TAC Unit

TAC in 2011

TAC 2012

% TAC change 2011-12

Gadus morhua

Cod

VIIb,c,e-k, VIII,IX,X,CECAF 34.1.1 (EU)

4023

9679

141%

Lophius

Anglerfish

VIIIc,IX,X,CECAF 34.1.1

1571

3300

110%

Clupea

Herring

VIIghjk

13200

21100

60%

Melanogrammus

Haddock

Vb,VIa

2005

2506

25%

Merluccius

Hake

VIIIc, IX, X, CECAF 34.1.1 (EU)

10695

12299

15%

Solea solea

Common sole

VIIe

710

777

9%

Solea solea

Common sole

VIId

4852

5300

9%

Lepidorhombus

Megrims

VIIIc,IX, X, CECAF 34.1.1(EU)

1094

1182

8%

Nephrops

Norway lobster

Vb(EU), VI

13681

13950

2%

Table 2: Stocks with proposals for decreased TAC

Latin

Species

TAC Unit

TAC in 2011

TAC 2012

% TAC change 2011-12

Nephrops

Norway lobster

VIIIc

91

82

-10%

Nephrops

Norway lobster

IX and X; CECAF 34.1.1 (EU)

303

273

-10%

Pleuronectes

Plaice

VIIde

4665

4179

-10%

Merluccius

Hake

overall northern TACs (IIIa / IIa and IV / Vb, VI, VII, XII and XIV / VIIIabde)

55105

49175

-11%

Nephrops

Norway lobster

IIa (EU), North Sea (EU)

23454

20849

-11%

Solea solea

Common sole

VIIIab

4250

3755

-12%

Solea solea

Common sole

VIIfg

1241

1060

-15%

Solea solea

Common sole

VIIhjk

423

360

-15%

Engraulis

Anchovy

IX,X,CECAF 34.1.1.

7600

6460

-15%

Solea solea

Common sole

Vb(EU), VI, XII, XIV

60

51

-15%

Solea solea

Common sole

VIIbc

44

37.4

-15%

Clupea

Herring

VIIef

980

833

-15%

Molva molva

Ling

IIIa; EU waters of IIIb, IIIc, IIId

92

78.2

-15%

Lepidorhombus

Megrims

IIa (EU), IV (EU)

1845

1568.25

-15%

Lepidorhombus

Megrims

Vb(EU), VI, XII, XIV

3387

2878.95

-15%

Nephrops

Norway lobster

VIIIabde

3899

3314.15

-15%

Pleuronectes

Plaice

Vb(EU waters), VI, XII, XIV

693

589.05

-15%

Pleuronectes

Plaice

VIIbc

78

66.3

-15%

Pleuronectes

Plaice

VIII,IX,X,CECAF 34.1.1

395

335.75

-15%

Pollachius pollachius

Pollack

IX,X,CECAF 34.1.1 (EU)

282

239.7

-15%

Pollachius pollachius

Pollack

VIIIabde

1482

1259.7

-15%

Pollachius pollachius

Pollack

VIIIc

231

196.35

-15%

Pollachius virens

Saithe

VII, VIII, IX, X, CECAF 34.1.1 (EU)

3343

2841.55

-15%

Solea spp.

Sole

VIIIcde,IX,X, CECAF 34.1.1 (EU)

1072

911.2

-15%

Brosme brosme

Tusk

III

24

20.4

-15%

Merlangius

Whiting

VIII

3175

2699

-15%

Nephrops

Norway lobster

VII

21759

17551

-19%

Latin

Species

TAC Unit

TAC in 2011

TAC 2012

% TAC change 2011-12

Lophius

Anglerfish

Vb(EU), VI, XII, XIV

5456

4092

-25%

Lophius

Anglerfish

VII

32292

24219

-25%

Lophius

Anglerfish

VIIIabde

8653

6489.75

-25%

Molva dypterigia

Blue ling

int waters of XII

815

611.25

-25%

Gadus morhua

Cod

VIb (Rockall subunit)

78

58.5

-25%

Argentina silus

Greater silver smelt

I, II EU + int. w.

103

77.25

-25%

Argentina silus

Greater silver smelt

III,IV EU + int. w.

1176

882

-25%

Argentina silus

Greater silver smelt

V,VI,VII EU + int. w.

4691

3518.25

-25%

Melanogrammus

Haddock

VIIb-k, VIII, IX, X, CECAF 34.1.1 (EU)

13316

9987

-25%

Melanogrammus

Haddock

VIIa

1317

987.75

-25%

Clupea

Herring

VIa(S), VIIbc

4471

3353.25

-25%

Clupea

Herring

VIIa

5280

3960

-25%

Lepidorhombus

Megrims

VII

18300

13725

-25%

Lepidorhombus

Megrims

VIIIabde

1806

1354.5

-25%

Nephrops

Norway lobster

special condition Porcupine

1260

945

-25%

Pleuronectes

Plaice

VIIa

1627

1220.25

-25%

Pleuronectes

Plaice

VIIfg

410

307.5

-25%

Pleuronectes

Plaice

VIIhjk

185

138.75

-25%

Pollachius pollachius

Pollack

Vb(EU), VI, XII, XIV

397

297.75

-25%

Pollachius pollachius

Pollack

VII

13495

10121.25

-25%

Sprattus

Sprat

VIIde

5421

4065.75

-25%

Merlangius

Whiting

Vb(EU waters), VI, XII, XIV

323

242.25

-25%

Merlangius

Whiting

VIIa

118

89

-25%

Merlangius

Whiting

VIIb-k

16568

12426

-25%

Solea solea

Common sole

IIIa, IIIbcd (EU)

840

520

-38%

Solea solea

Common sole

VIIa

390

220

-44%

Table 3: Stocks subject to late advice

Latin

Species

TAC Unit

TAC in 2011

TAC 2012

Caproidae

Boarfish

VI, VII, VIII EC

33000

p.m.

Trachurus

Horse Mackerel

IX

29585

p.m.

Trachurus

Horse Mackerel

VIIIc

25137

p.m.

Lamna nasus

Porbeagle

I to XIV, French Guyana, Kattegat, EU waters of Skagerrak, EU waters of CECAF

0

p.m.

Rajidae

Skates and rays

IIa (EU), North Sea (EU)

1395

p.m.

Rajidae

Skates and rays

IIIa

58

p.m.

Rajidae

Skates and rays

VIId

887

p.m.

Rajidae

Skates and rays

EU Waters of VI, VIIa-c, VIIe-k

11397

p.m.

Rajidae

Skates and rays

EU waters of VIII, IX

4640

p.m.

Squalus

Spurdog

IIIa

0

p.m.

Squalus

Spurdog

EU waters of IIa and IV

0

p.m.

Squalus

Spurdog

EU and int. Waters of I, V, VI, VII, VIII, XII, XIV

0

p.m.

Table 4: Stocks for which the TAC is delegated to an Individual MS

Latin

Species

TAC Unit

MS responsible

Clupea

Herring

VIa Clyde

United Kingdom

Trachurus

Horse Mackerel

CECAF(Canaries)

Spain

Trachurus

Horse Mackerel

CECAF(Madeira)

Portugal

Trachurus

Horse Mackerel

X, CECAF(Azores)

Portugal

Penaeus

Penaeus shrimps

French Guyana

France

Merlangius

Whiting

IX,X,CECAF 34.1.1.(EU)

Portugal

Key: TAC units

see also map of fishing zones: http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/documentation/publications/cfp_factsheets/fishing_areas_en.pdf

I

Barents Sea

IIa

Norwegian Sea

IIb

Spitzbergen and Bear Island

IIIa

Skagerrak and Kattegat

IIIb

Sound

IIIc

Belt

IIId

Baltic Sea

IVa

Northern North Sea

IVb

Central North Sea

IVc

Southern North Sea

Va

Iceland

Vb

Faroes

VIa

West Scotland (Clyde stock)

VIb

Rockall

VIIa

Irish Sea

VIIb

West Ireland

VIIc

Porcupine Bank

VIId

Eastern English Channel

VIIe

Western English Channel

VIIf

Bristol Channel

VIIg

South-east Ireland

VIIh

Little Sole

VIIj

Great Sole

VIIk

West Great Sole

VIIIa

South Brittany

VIIIb

South Biscay

VIIIc

North and North-west Spain

VIIId

Central Biscay

VIIIe

West Biscay

IXa

Portuguese coast

IXb

West Portugal

X

Azores

XII

North Azores

XIVa

East Greenland

XIVb

South-east Greenland

Contacts :

Oliver Drewes (+32 2 299 24 21)

Lone Mikkelsen (+32 2 296 05 67)


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