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EU and Norway management of shared North Sea fish stocks
04 Dec 2014

EU and Norway management of shared North Sea fish stocks

Brussels Daily

North Sea fish stocks for 2015

(04/12/2014) The EU and Norway have reached an arrangement for the 2015 management of shared fish stocks in the North Sea.

Following the week long discussion in Clonakilty, Ireland, Total Allowable Catches (TACs) and quotas for the shared stocks in the North Sea were established, as was the exchange of reciprocal fishing opportunities for certain key stocks of importance to the EU fishing sector. The arrangement sees increases in North Sea catch limits of 5% for cod, 7% for haddock and 15% for plaice compared to 2014. However, the TACs for saithe and whiting have been reduced by 15%, with a small reduction for herring in the same area.

European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella welcomed the announcement: “This arrangement grants both EU and Norwegian fishermen valuable access to fish stocks, provides much needed stability to our fisheries sector, and strengthens our important relationship with Norway on fisheries

North Sea TACs and quotas for the main  EU- Norway shared 2014 – 2015 (in tonnes)

 

2014

2015

TAC

EU quota

TAC

EU quota

Cod

  27,799

  23,073

  29,189

  24,227

Haddock

  38,284

32,079

  40,711

  33,948

Saithe

  77,536

  36,917

  66,006

  31,383

Whiting

  16,092

15,233

  13,678

  13,060

Plaice

111,631

104,117

  128,376

  119,690

Herring

470,037

333,726

445,329

316,184

 

The agreement follows the one reached by the EU, Faroe Islands and Norway on 21 November on the arrangement for mackerel for 2015

 

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