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Press release

Brussels, 28 October 2014

Commission proposes fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2015

The European Commission has today proposed fishing opportunities for 2015 for the Atlantic and the North Sea. 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 and it is for the first time based on the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). One of the key pillars of the new 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. For fish stocks in European waters, ie not agreed with international partners, the Commission proposes to increase or maintain the catch limits for 29 stocks, and reduce them for 40 stocks, in line with scientific advice.

For many of the stocks shared with international partners, negotiations are still ongoing. The proposal therefore only includes figures for about half of the stocks at this stage. It will be completed once negotiations with third countries and within Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) have taken place.

The proposal will be discussed by the Member States' ministers at the Fisheries Council on 15/16 December and will apply from 1 January 2015.

Details of the proposal

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 RFMOs across the world's oceans.

For some EU stocks at MSY, such as anglerfish and horse mackerel in Iberian waters, sole in the Western Channel and Nephrops in the North Sea the Commission proposes to increase TACs. These stocks are success stories for both the fishing industry and the Member States concerned who have shown that managing stocks responsibly and taking decisions to achieve MSY delivers sustainable fish stocks and pays off financially for those employed in the industry.

At the same time, for some stocks in a poor state, the picture remains alarming. Cod stocks in the Irish Sea and the Kattegat continue to be in a dire state, and the poor data hampers managing these stocks. Sole in the Eastern channel is at extremely low levels. Advice for haddock and cod in the Celtic Sea demands also considerable TAC cuts, so that these stocks can be brought to MSY levels. Cod in the West of Scotland is a real problem with extremely high rates of discarding and is still at a risk of collapse.

For many of these stocks, more selective fishing techniques are urgently needed, so that young fish are not caught before they can reproduce and replenish the fish stocks. This is particularly urgent for fisheries in the Celtic Sea and the Western waters, where a big effort is needed to implement the selectivity measures advised by scientists. This will also help our fishing sector comply with the obligation to land all catches as of next year and to become more profitable in the medium term.

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 2014 for 26 of these stocks.

For a limited number of EU stocks, the scientific advice has been received only recently, or it will be released in the next few weeks. 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 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

MEMO/14/516

Contacts :

Lone Mikkelsen (+32 2 296 05 67)

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

Scientific name

Common name

TAC Unit

(See map)

TAC in 2014

TAC 2015 (Proposal)

TAC change: 2014 - 2015 (Proposal)

Lophius

Anglerfish

VIIIc,IX,X,CECAF 34.1.1

2629

2987

13.6%

Nephrops

Norway lobster

IIa (EU), North Sea (EU)

15499

17699

14.2%

Solea solea

Common sole

VIIe

832

851

2.3%

Trachurus

Horse Mackerel

IX

35000

59500

70.0%

Table 1: Stocks with proposals for increased TAC

Table 2: Stocks with no changes in TAC1

Scientific name

Common name

TAC Unit

(See map)

TAC in 2014

TAC 2015 (Proposal)

TAC change: 2014 - 2015 (Proposal)

Engraulis

Anchovy

IX,X,CECAF 34.1.1.

8778

8778

0.0%

Gadus morhua

Cod

VIa, Vb…

0

0

0.0%

Lepidorhombus

Megrims

IIa (EU), IV (EU)

2083

2083

0.0%

Table 3: Stocks with proposals for decreased TAC

Scientific name

Common name

TAC Unit

(See map)

TAC in 2014

TAC 2015 (Proposal)

TAC change: 2014 - 2015 (Proposal)

Argentina silus

Greater silver smelt

V,VI,VII EU + int. w.

4316

3798

-12.0%

Caproidae

Boarfish

VI, VII, VIII EU

127509

53296

-58.2%

Clupea

Herring

VIa(S), VIIbc

3676

0

-100.0%

VIIghjk

22360

15652

-30.0%

VIIa

5251

4854

-7.6%

Gadus morhua

Cod

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

6848

2471

-63.9%

Kattegat (IIIa(S))

100

80

-20.0%

VIIa

228

182

-20.0%

Lepidorhombus

Megrims

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

2257

1013

-55.1%

VII

17385

13814

-20.5%

VIIIabde

1716

1366

-20.4%

Lophius

Anglerfish

VII

33516

29536

-11.9%

VIIIabde

8980

7914

-11.9%

Melanogrammus

Haddock

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

9479

5605

-40.9%

VIIa

1181

945

-20.0%

Merlangius

Whiting

VIII

3175

2540

-20.0%

Vb(EU waters), VI, XII, XIV

292

234

-20.0%

Merluccius

Hake

VIIIc, IX, X, CECAF 34.1.1 (EU)

16266

13826

-15.0%

Hake (overall N. TAC)

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

81846

78457

-4.1%

Molva dypterigia

Blue ling

int waters of XII

697

558

-20.0%

Nephrops

Norway lobster

VIIIabde

3899

3214

-17.6%

VIIIc

67

60

-10.0%

IX and X; EU waters of CECAF 34.1.1

221

199

-10.0%

Pleuronectes

Plaice

VIIa

1220

976

-20.0%

VIIde

5322

4597

-13.6%

VIIfg

461

420

-8.9%

Pollachius pollachius

Pollack

VII

13495

10796

-20.0%

VIIIabde

1482

1186

-20.0%

Rajidae

Skates and rays

IIIa

47

38

-20.0%

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

8032

6426

-20.0%

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

1256

1005

-20.0%

VIId

798

638

-20.0%

EU waters of VIII, IX

3420

3078

-10.0%

Solea solea

Common sole

VIId

4838

1931

-60.1%

IIIa, IIIbcd (EU)

353

205

-41.9%

VIIfg

1001

652

-34.9%

VIIIab

3800

3420

-10.0%

VIIa

95

90

-5.3%

Trachurus

Horse Mackerel

VIIIc

18508

13572

- 26.7%

IIa, IVa, VI, VII, VIIIabde; EU waters of Vb, XII, XIV

115212

85732

-25.6%

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

Scientific name

Common name

TAC Unit

(See map)

final TAC in 2014

Lepidorhombus

Megrims

Vb(EU), VI, XII, XIV

4074

Lophius

Anglerfish

IIa (EU), North Sea (EU)

7833

Vb(EU), VI, XII, XIV

4432

Melanogrammus

Haddock

Vb,VIa

3988

Merlangius

Whiting

VIIb-k

20668

Nephrops

Norway lobster

VII

20989

Vb(EU and international), VI

15287

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

Scientific name

Common name

TAC Unit

(See map)

MS responsible

Clupea

Herring

VIa Clyde

United Kingdom

Trachurus

Horse Mackerel

CECAF(Canaries)

Spain

CECAF(Madeira)

Portugal

X, CECAF(Azores)

Portugal

Penaeus

Penaeus shrimps

French Guyana

France

Merlangius

Whiting

IX,X,CECAF 34.1.1.(EU)

Portugal

1 :

This table does not include the stocks included in the Joint Statement by the Council and the Commission "Ad Specific Data Limited Stocks" (see Council document PECHE 13, 5232/14). The TACs for data limited stocks included in this statement will be maintained for a further 4 years, unless the perception of the status of any of these stocks changes significantly during this period.


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