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Little increase in deep-sea fishing opportunities 2013-2014

European Commission - IP/12/1083   09/10/2012

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European Commission

Press release

Brussels, 9 October 2012

Little increase in deep-sea fishing opportunities 2013-2014

The European Commission proposed today fishing opportunities for the deep-sea fish stocks in EU and international waters of the North-East Atlantic for 2013-2014. In line with the scientific advice, the Commission proposes to increase total allowable catches (TACs) for 3 stocks, a decrease for 13 stocks, and maintain TACs at the current level for 8 stocks (including zero TACs for 6 stocks), compared to 2012.

For 2013 the Commission proposes to increase by 77% the TAC for roundnose grenadiers west of the British Isles (to 4,500 tonnes). Fishing at these levels should permit to bring this stock to sustainable levels by 2015 (so called maximum sustainable yield (MSY)). The Commission also proposes to increase by 20% and 5% the TACs for two black scabbard fish stocks in western waters (West of Scotland/Ireland). Also for these stocks the scientific advice indicates how to achieve MSY in 2015. TACs for the remaining stocks of black scabbard fish and roundnose grenadier are proposed to be cut or maintained unchanged. Taking the precautionary approach, the Commission proposes to cut by 20% the red seabream and blue ling TACs, as the conservation status of these stocks is not fully assessed.

European Commissioner Maria Damanaki, in charge of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, said: "to preserve the deep-sea fishery, we need to follow the scientific advice, and not overexploit these vulnerable species. Still, three of the stocks seem to be on the path towards recovery and MSY levels. We have a clear management objective: a long-term sustainable use of these stocks."

With only two exceptions, available data on the deep-sea stocks are insufficient to allow scientists to fully assess the stock status, neither in terms of number of fish nor fishing mortality. Nevertheless, the scientific advice has improved, notably on the stocks that offer the largest fishing opportunities.

Background

Fishing for deep-sea species is regulated by the European Union since 2003 in terms of total allowable catches (TACs) per species and area, and in terms of maximum fishing effort deployable in the North-East Atlantic.

Deep-sea fish are caught in waters beyond the main fishing grounds of continental shelves. They are distributed on the continental slopes or associated with seamounts. Most of these species are slow-growing and long-lived, which makes them particularly vulnerable to fishing.

Deep sea fisheries account for about 1% of fish landed from the North-East Atlantic, but some local fishing communities depend to a certain extent on deep-sea fisheries. The catches – and related jobs - have been declining for years, due to depleted stocks.

The Commission's proposals are based on scientific advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES).

The Commission recently proposed a new management system for deep-sea fisheries in order to ensure better protection of deep-sea stocks and their habitats (see IP/12/813)

More information

Contacts :

Oliver Drewes (+32 2 299 24 21)

Lone Mikkelsen (+32 2 296 05 67)

Overview of TAC changes 2012-2014 (Figures in tonnes; changes in % compared to the year before)

Species

Area

TAC in 2012

TAC Proposal 2013

TAC change: 2012-2013 Proposal (%)

TAC Proposal 2014

TAC change: 2013-2014 Proposal (%)

Deep-Sea sharks

EU + international waters of V, VI, VII, VIII and IX

0

pm1

0%

Pm1

-

Deep-Sea sharks

EU + international waters of X

0

pm1

0%

pm1

-

Deep-sea sharks + Deania hystricosa + Deania profundorum

International waters of XII

0

pm1

0%

pm1

-

Black scabbardfish

EU + international waters of I, II, III and IV

9

9

0%

9

0%

Black scabbardfish

EU + international waters of V, VI, VII and XII

2179

2.615

20%

3138

20%

Black scabbardfish

EU +international waters of VIII, IX and X

3348

3.515

5%

3691

5%

Black scabbardfish

EU + international waters of CECAF 34.1.2.

3867

3.094

-20%

2475

-20%

Alfonsinos

EU + international waters of III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII and XIV

328

305

-7%

280

-8%

Roundnose grenadier

EU + international waters of I, II and IV

13

13

0%

13

0%

Roundnose grenadier

EU + international waters of III

850

680

-20%

544

-20%

Roundnose grenadier

EU + international waters of Vb, VI, VII

2546

4.500

77%

4500

0%

Roundnose grenadier

EU + international waters of VIII, IX, X, XII and XIV

3979

3.350

-16%

2850

-15%

Orange roughy

EU + international waters of VI

0

0

0%

0

0%

Orange roughy

EU + international waters of VII

0

0

0%

0

0%

Orange roughy

EU + international waters of I, II, III, IV, V, VIII, IX, X, XII and XIV

0

0

0%

0

0%

Blue ling

EU + international waters of II and IV

56

45

-20%

36

-20%

Blue ling

EU + international waters of III

8

6

-20%

5

-20%

Red seabream

EU + international waters of VI, VII and VIII

215

172

-20%

138

-20%

Red seabream

EU + international waters of IX

780

624

-20%

500

-20%

Red seabream

EU + international waters of X

1136

909

-20%

727

-20%

Greater Forkbeard

EU + international waters of I, II, III and IV

31

25

-20%

20

-20%

Greater Forkbeard

EU + international waters of V, VI and VII

2028

1.622

-20%

1298

-20%

Greater Forkbeard

EU + international waters of VIII and IX

267

214

-20%

171

-20%

Greater Forkbeard

EU + international waters of X and XII

54

43

-20%

35

-20%

1 :

Pm = TAC to be proposed later, once the scientific advice is available


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