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PRESS RELEASE

Brussels, 30 October 2013

Commission proposes fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2014

The European Commission has today proposed fishing opportunities for 2014 for the Atlantic and the North Sea, as well as in international waters. This is the annual proposal for the amount of fish which can be caught by EU fishermen from the main commercial fish stocks next year. The proposal sets levels of total allowable catch (TAC) and fishing effort both for stocks managed exclusively by the EU, and for stocks managed with third countries such as Norway or through Regional Fisheries Management Organisations across the world's oceans.

International negotiations for many of the stocks concerned are still on-going. The proposal therefore only includes figures for about half of the TACs at this stage. It will be completed once negotiations with third parties and organisations have taken place.

For the stocks not shared with third countries, the Commission proposes to increase or maintain the TACs for 36 stocks, and reduce them for 36 stocks, in line with the scientific advice.

The Commission's ultimate goal, and one of the pillars of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), is to have all stocks fished at sustainable levels, the so-called Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY). Whenever possible, the scientists advise how to bring the stocks to MSY levels. This year, the so-called "MSY advice" could be issued for 22 EU stocks. This is a significant step forward as far as the availability and quality of scientific data are concerned.

Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, said: "The Commission proposal contains good news for some stocks, while some cuts are required for others. Overall, our knowledge of many stocks has improved which enables sound management decisions to be made. For stocks where negotiations are on-going we will, as ever, make every effort to obtain the best outcome for our fishermen. We hope that our partners and the international community will mirror our commitment to sustainable fisheries."

The present proposal shall be discussed by the Member States' ministers at the December Fisheries Council and will apply from 1 January 2014.

Details of the proposal

For some EU stocks at MSY, such as herring in the Irish Sea, Northern hake, Megrims in Iberian waters or plaice in the Celtic Sea TACs can be raised.

At the same time, for some stocks in a poor state, the picture has unfortunately not greatly improved since last year. Cod stocks in the Irish Sea and the Kattegat continue to be in a dire state, and the poor data hampers the management of these stocks. Sole in the Irish Sea is at extremely low levels. Advice for haddock in the Celtic Sea demands a considerable TAC cut, so that the stock can be brought to MSY levels. Cod and whiting in the West of Scotland, subject to extremely high rates of discarding, are at a risk of collapse.

For stocks where data is not good enough to properly estimate their size, the Commission proposal reflects the advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) to adapt the TAC up or down by a maximum of 20%. Following a Council decision last year on precautionary reductions, TACS are proposed at the same level as in 2013 for 21 of these stocks.

For a limited number of EU stocks, the scientific advice has been received only recently, or it will be released later this month. For these stocks, the advice needs to be further analysed before a TAC figure will be proposed, later in the autumn.

For fish stocks shared with third countries (Norway, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Russia), the European Commission, on behalf of the EU, negotiates towards the end of each year with these countries on the quantities of fish to be caught the following year, based on scientific advice.

For the stocks in international waters and for highly migratory species, such as tuna, the European Commission, representing the EU, negotiates fishing opportunities in the framework of Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs). These must subsequently be transposed into EU law.

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: 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), see:

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

Stakeholders were also consulted, based on the Commission's Consultation document from May : see IP/13/487

Multiannual management plans:

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

Map of fishing areas:

http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/documentation/publications/cfp_factsheets/fishing_areas_en.pdf

Contacts :

Oliver Drewes (+32 2 299 24 21)

Lone Mikkelsen (+32 2 296 05 67)

Note: the tables below only list EU stocks not shared with third countries.

Table 1: Stocks with proposals for increased TAC

Latin

Common name

TAC Unit

(See map)

TAC in 2013

TAC 2014

% TAC change 2013-14

Caproidae

Boarfish

VI, VII, VIII EC

82000

127509

55%

Clupea

Herring

VIIa

4993

5251

5%

Clupea

Herring

VIIghjk

17200

22360

30%

Lepidorhombus

Megrims

IIa (EC), IV (EC)

1937

2083

8%

Lepidorhombus

Megrims

Vb(EC), VI, XII, XIV

3387

4074

20%

Lepidorhombus

Megrims

VIIIc,IX, X, CECAF34.1.1(EC)

1214

2257

86%

Lophius

Anglerfish

VIIIc,IX,X,CECAF 34.1.1

2475

2629

6%

Merluccius

Hake

VIIIc, IX, X, CECAF 34.1.1 (EC)

14144

16266

15%

Merluccius

Hake (overall N. TAC)

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

55105

81846

49%

Pleuronectes

Plaice

VIIfg

369

443

20%

Trachurus

Horse Mackerel

IX

30000

35000

17%

Table 2: Stocks with no changes in TAC

Latin

Common name

TAC Unit

(See map)

TAC in 2013

TAC 2014

Ammodytes

Sandeel

IV (Norwegian waters)

0

0

Argentina silus

Greater silver smelt

I, II EC + int. w.

90

90

Argentina silus

Greater silver smelt

III,IV EC + int. w.

1028

1028

Brosme brosme

Tusk

IIIa and EU 22-32

29

29

Brosme brosme

Tusk

I,II,XIV

21

21

Brosme brosme

Tusk

EC waters of IV

235

235

Clupea

Herring

VIIef

931

931

Engraulis

Anchovy

IX,X,CECAF 34.1.1.

8778

8778

Gadus morhua

Cod

VIb (Rockall subunit) …

74

74

Gadus morhua

Cod

VIa, Vb…

0

0

Lamna nasus

Porbeagle

all areas

0

0

Lophius

Anglerfish

VII

29144

29144

Lophius

Anglerfish

VIIIabde

7809

7809

Molva dypterigia

Blue ling

EU and international waters of II and IV

53

53

Molva dypterigia

Blue ling

EU and international waters of III

8

8

Molva molva

Ling

EC and intl. Waters of I and II

36

36

Molva molva

Ling

EC and intl. waters of V

33

33

Pleuronectes

Plaice

Vb(EC waters), VI, XII, XIV

658

658

Pleuronectes

Plaice

VIIbc

74

74

Pleuronectes

Plaice

VIII,IX,X,CECAF 34.1.1

395

395

Pollachius pollachius

Pollack

Vb(EC), VI, XII, XIV

397

397

Pollachius pollachius

Pollack

IX,X,CECAF 34.1.1 (EC)

282

282

Pollachius virens

Saithe

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

3176

3176

Psetta maxima & Scopthalmus rhombus

Turbot and Brill

IIa (EC), North Sea (EC)

4642

4642

Solea solea

Common sole

VI, Vb, int waters of XII and XIV

57

57

Solea solea

Common sole

VIIbc

42

42

Solea spp.

Sole

VIIIcde,IX,X, CECAF 34.1.1 (EC)

1072

1072

Sprattus

Sprat

VIIde

5150

5150

Squalus

Spurdog

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

0

0

Squalus

Spurdog

EC waters of IIa and IV

0

0

Squalus

Spurdog

IIIa

0

0

Table 3: Stocks with proposals for decreased TAC

Latin

Common name

TAC Unit

(See map)

TAC in 2013

TAC 2014

% TAC change 2013-14

Argentina silus

Greater silver smelt

V,VI,VII EC + int. w.

4316

3798

-12%

Gadus morhua

Cod

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

10200

6848

-33%

Gadus morhua

Cod

Kattegat (IIIa(S))

100

80

-20%

Gadus morhua

Cod

VIIa

285

228

-20%

Lepidorhombus

Megrims

VII

17385

13908

-20%

Lepidorhombus

Megrims

VIIIabde

1716

1373

-20%

Lophius

Anglerfish

Vb(EC), VI, XII, XIV

4924

3939

-20%

Melanogrammus

Haddock

VIIa

1189

951

-20%

Melanogrammus

Haddock

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

14148

3602

-75%

Melanogrammus

Haddock

Vb,VIa

4211

3988

-5%

Merlangius

Whiting

Vb(EC waters), VI, XII, XIV

292

234

-20%

Merlangius

Whiting

VIIa

84

67

-20%

Merlangius

Whiting

VIII

3175

2540

-20%

Molva dypterigia

Blue ling

int waters of XII

774

619

-20%

Molva molva

Ling

IIIa; EC waters of IIIb, IIIc, IIId

87

70

-20%

Nephrops

Norway lobster

VIIIabde

3899

3200

-18%

Nephrops

Norway lobster

IIa (EC), North Sea (EC)

17350

15038

-13%

Nephrops

Norway lobster

IX and X; EC waters of CECAF 34.1.1

246

221

-10%

Nephrops

Norway lobster

VIIIc

74

67

-9%

Pleuronectes

Plaice

VIIhjk

141

135

-4%

Pleuronectes

Plaice

VIIde

6400

5322

-17%

Pollachius pollachius

Pollack

VII

13495

10796

-20%

Pollachius pollachius

Pollack

VIIIabde

1482

1186

-20%

Pollachius pollachius

Pollack

VIIIc

231

185

-20%

Rajidae

Skates and rays

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

8924

7139

-20%

Rajidae

Skates and rays

EC waters of VIII, IX

3800

3040

-20%

Rajidae

Skates and rays

IIa (EC), IV - North Sea (EC)

1256

1005

-20%

Rajidae

Skates and rays

IIIa

52

42

-20%

Rajidae

Skates and rays

VIId

798

638

-20%

Solea solea

Common sole

VIIhjk

402

322

-20%

Solea solea

Common sole

IIIa, IIIbcd (EC)

560

353

-37%

Solea solea

Common sole

VIIa

140

95

-32%

Solea solea

Common sole

VIId

5900

3251

-45%

Solea solea

Common sole

VIIfg

1100

920

-16%

Solea solea

Common sole

VIIe

894

832

-7%

Trachurus

Horse Mackerel

VIIIc

25011

15034

-40%

Table 4: Stocks in pm, e.g. subject to late advice

Latin

Common name

TAC Unit

(See map)

TAC in 2013

TAC 2014

Clupea

Herring

VIa(S), VIIbc

1500

pm

Merlangius

Whiting

VIIb-k

24500

pm

Nephrops

Norway lobster

Vb(EU and international), VI

16690

pm

Nephrops

Norway lobster

VII

23065

pm

Pleuronectes

Plaice

VIIa

1627

pm

Solea solea

Common sole

VIIIab

4100

pm

Table 5: Stocks for which the TAC is delegated to an Individual MS

Latin

Common name

TAC Unit

(See map)

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


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