27 Oct 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 27 OCTOBERBrussels Daily
Commission proposes fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2017
Today the Commission is presenting its proposal on fishing quotas for next year in the Atlantic and the North Sea. This is the annual scheme for the amount of fish which can be caught by EU fishermen from the main commercial fish stocks next year, also referred to as Total Allowable Catches (TACs). The Commission, based on scientific advice received, proposes to maintain or increase the current fishing quotas for 42 stocks which are in good health, and reduce catches for 28 stocks which are faring poorly. Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, said: “Our goal is clear: we need to bring all stocks to healthy and sustainable levels as soon as possible so that our fishing industry can remain viable. This is not up to the Commission alone: stakeholders are fundamental enablers in this process. We are proposing an ambitious programme for 2017 and the only way forward will be to work with fishermen, scientists and national authorities to develop real solutions that lead to fisheries that are both economically profitable and sustainable”. Today’s proposal will be submitted for discussion and adoption by the Ministers of Member States at the Fisheries Council in December, to be applied as from 1 January 2017. More information is available in our press release and MEMO.
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