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EC quota proposals for 2011

Nov 11th, 2010 | By editor | Category: Commercial

THE EC has adopted its fishing opportunities proposal for 2011 setting levels of total allowable catch (TAC) and fishing effort for the Atlantic, the North Sea, and international waters regulated by a Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (RFMO).

An overview of the setting process may be found here.

The Commission’s proposal for 2011 recommends quota increases for 6 stocks, quota decreases for 64 stocks and an unchanged quota for 23 stocks. The changes would amount to a reduction in quotas of 89,400 tonnes - or 10% - overall. These statistics do not include those stocks for which fishing opportunities must be agreed with third countries – such as Norway. For three quarters of the assessed stocks, overfishing is so serious that more fish would be caught if there was less fishing; only around 40% of assessed stocks are known to be fished sustainably.

More details on the Scottish stocks affected may be found here or in summary below at Table 3.

The proposal is based on scientific advice about the quantities of fish that can be caught sustainably and in their advice for 2011, experts of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) once more underlined the poor state of many fish resources in EU waters. It has been suggested that progress towards bringing all European fish stocks to sustainable levels has been slow, because the fleets have not been able to adapt quickly enough to the scientific advice.

The EC is still very concerned about the conservation of cod - stocks in the Kattegat, the Irish Sea and the west of Scotland are showing no signs of recovery – and therefore they are proposing 50% reductions in these TACs; the situation for North Sea cod took a turn for the worse in 2008, when a greater proportion of the stock was caught than in any year since 1999.

Contrary to information put out by the Scottish government, the EC claim real-time closures and cod-avoidance schemes have not been enough to protect the stock and have had little effect on fishing patterns.

As management of North Sea cod is shared with Norway, discussions will have to be held with them to identify alternative solutions to those currently in place.

Fisheries ministers will meet on the 13th and 14th December, together with the Commission,  to discuss the proposals and set the fishing levels for 2011.

FYI ::

 

Note :: Nephrops are the ONLY species where the quota has increased since 2001

 

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