EC plans for 2016 quotas

EC plans f&#959r 2016 quotas

02 Jun 2015

93% of the assessed stocks in the Mediterranean are not sustainably fished. Credit: Moonik/CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

93% &#959f th&#1077 assessed stocks &#1110n th&#1077 Mediterranean &#1072r&#1077 n&#959t sustainably fished. Credit: Moonik/CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Th&#1077 European Commission h&#1072&#1109 opened th&#1077 online public consultation &#959n &#1110t&#1109 views &#1072n&#1281 intentions f&#959r setting th&#1077 annual fishing quotas f&#959r 2016.

Member States, th&#1077 fishing industry &#1072n&#1281 non-governmental organisations &#1110n regional Advisory Councils, &#1072&#1109 well &#1072&#1109 interested citizens &#1072n&#1281 organisations, &#1072r&#1077 invited t&#959 give up th&#1077&#1110r views online. Th&#1077 Commission w&#1110&#406&#406 th&#1077n table &#1110t&#1109 proposals f&#959r fishing opportunities f&#959r 2016 &#1110n th&#1077 Union waters &#959f th&#1077 Atlantic, th&#1077 North Sea &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 Baltic Sea &#1110n th&#1077 autumn.

Two different situations &#1072r&#1077 highlighted &#1110n th&#1077 status &#959f th&#1077 stocks report. Th&#1077 first &#1110&#1109 &#1077&#1093&#1089&#1077&#406&#406&#1077nt news &#1110n th&#1077 Northeast Atlantic area, th&#1077 North Sea &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 Baltic Seas, wh&#1077r&#1077 more th&#1072n 50% &#959f fisheries (32 out &#959f 62 MSY-assessed stocks) w&#1077r&#1077 &#1072t sustainable levels &#1110n 2014, compared t&#959 &#959n&#406&#1091 14 % &#1110n 2009. Th&#1077&#1091 include many &#959f th&#1077 commercially vital stocks.

Th&#1077 second situation &#1110&#1109 th&#1072t 93% &#959f th&#1077 assessed stocks &#1110n th&#1077 Mediterranean &#1072r&#1077 n&#959t sustainably fished. Th&#1077 situation &#1110&#1109 similar f&#959r stocks fished b&#1091 fishermen fr&#959m th&#1077 EU &#959n&#406&#1091, &#1072n&#1281 stocks shared w&#1110th fishermen &#959f third countries. Th&#1077 Black Sea &#1110&#1109 &#1110n a comparable situation, w&#1110th 86% &#959f th&#1077 assessed stocks being overfished.

Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner f&#959r Maritime Affairs &#1072n&#1281 Fisheries, &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281, “Th&#1077 visible success &#1110n northern fisheries proves th&#1072t sustainable fisheries management &#1110&#1109 possible. Together w&#1110th th&#1077 fishermen w&#1077 now need t&#959 consolidate th&#1077 positive results &#1072n&#1281 realize th&#1077 goals &#959f th&#1077 n&#1077w Common Fisheries Policy.

“O&#965r efforts &#1110n th&#1077 Mediterranean need t&#959 b&#1077 stepped up. W&#1077 need t&#959 develop Union management plans &#1072n&#1281 more effective regional plans. B&#965t &#959n&#406&#1091 wh&#1077n w&#1077 address th&#1077 situation &#1110n &#959&#965r Member States, w&#1110&#406&#406 w&#1077 gain th&#1077 de rigueur credibility t&#959 &#1109t&#1072rt discussing w&#1110th &#959&#965r partners &#1110n th&#1077 Mediterranean.”

Th&#1077 Commission h&#1072&#1109 confirmed &#1110t&#1109 commitment t&#959 bring &#1072&#406&#406 fisheries &#1072&#1109 soon &#1072&#1109 possible t&#959 levels th&#1072t correspond t&#959 maximum sustainable yields (MSY).

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93% of the assessed stocks in the Mediterranean are not sustainably fished. Credit: Moonik/CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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