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FISHERIES COUNCIL : 2014 TACS IN LINE WITH NEW FISHERIES POLICY.

With the satisfaction of having done their duty, Lithuanian Minister and Council President Vigilijus Jukna and Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki announced, at around 19:00 on 17 December, that the fisheries ministers had worked out a political agreement on fishing opportunities (total allowable catches, TACs) for the 2014 season.

They had good reason to be pleased. For the first time in years, the negotiations did not last late into the night. The member states also "took the right decisions for implementation of the principle of maximum sustainable yield [MSY, the level ensuring reproduction of stocks - Ed], long-term management plans for the species concerned and the phase-out of discards. This demonstrates their will to implement in advance the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), which enters into force on 1 January 2014. Today we can say that it is already in place," commented Damanaki.

She also summed up the progress achieved. In 2013, she said, 25 fish stocks were exploited at MSY level in the North Sea and the Atlantic. The TAC decisions of 17 December will add another two stocks (Norway lobster in the West of Scotland and North Sea zones), bringing to 27 the number of MSY stocks in 2014. Other stocks are expected to join the list in 2015 if the decisions approved are respected (Western horse mackerel, plaice in the Channel and sole in the Kattegat and Skagerrak), bringing the number of MSY stocks to 30. Long-term management plans cover nine fisheries. Stocks for which scientific data is lacking dropped from 51 in 2011 to 12 in 2013.

On stocks under shared management in the North Sea (including cod, mackerel and blue whiting), the quotas set by the Council are temporary because discussions with the third countries concerned are not over yet. Damanaki explained that the next round of negotiations with rim countries (EU, Norway, Iceland, Faroe Islands and Russia) would take place on 15 January 2014. For mackerel, "negotiations with Iceland are advancing but the talks are still stalled with the Faroe Islands," she said.

The fluctuations in TACs from 2013 to 2014 by species and zones range from the total closure of certain fisheries (including herring, cod, haddock, Norway lobster, saithe, capelin and redfish in certain zones) to large increases for others: +145% (Irish Sea herring), + 86% for megrims (North and North-West Spain), +29% for Greenland cod and +87% for mackerel icefish. Around 50 TACs are unchanged from 2013.

A table is available at <ARTICLE id='348353' type='sujet'><ENTETE><SURTITRE>Fisheries Council</SURTITRE><TITRE>2014 TACs in line with new fisheries policy</TITRE></ENTETE><SIGNATURE>By Anne Eckstein</SIGNATURE><TEXTE><PARA>With the satisfaction of having done their duty, Lithuanian Minister and Council President Vigilijus Jukna and Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki announced, at around 19:00 on 17 December, that the fisheries ministers had worked out a political agreement on fishing opportunities (total allowable catches, TACs) for the 2014 season.</PARA><PARA>They had good reason to be pleased. For the first time in years, the negotiations did not last late into the night. The member states also a took the right decisions for implementation of the principle of maximum sustainable yield [MSY, the level ensuring reproduction of stocks - Ed], long-term management plans for the species concerned and the phase-out of discards. This demonstrates their will to implement in advance the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), which enters into force on 1 January 2014. Today we can say that it is already in place,a commented Damanaki.</PARA><PARA>She also summed up the progress achieved. In 2013, she said, 25 fish stocks were exploited at MSY level in the North Sea and the Atlantic. The TAC decisions of 17 December will add another two stocks (Norway lobster in the West of Scotland and North Sea zones), bringing to 27 the number of MSY stocks in 2014. Other stocks are expected to join the list in 2015 if the decisions approved are respected (Western horse mackerel, plaice in the Channel and sole in the Kattegat and Skagerrak), bringing the number of MSY stocks to 30. Long-term management plans cover nine fisheries. Stocks for which scientific data is lacking dropped from 51 in 2011 to 12 in 2013.</PARA><PARA>On stocks under shared management in the North Sea (including cod, mackerel and blue whiting), the quotas set by the Council are temporary because discussions with the third countries concerned are not over yet. Damanaki explained that the next round of negotiations with rim countries (EU, Norway, Iceland, Faroe Islands and Russia) would take place on 15 January 2014. For mackerel, a negotiations with Iceland are advancing but the talks are still stalled with the Faroe Islands,a she said.</PARA><PARA>The fluctuations in TACs from 2013 to 2014 by species and zones range from the total closure of certain fisheries (including herring, cod, haddock, Norway lobster, saithe, capelin and redfish in certain zones) to large increases for others: +145% (Irish Sea herring), + 86% for megrims (North and North-West Spain), +29% for Greenland cod and +87% for mackerel icefish. Around 50 TACs are unchanged from 2013.</PARA><PARA>A table is available at <a href='http://www.europolitics.info/pdf/gratuit_en/348036-en.pdf'>www.europolitics.info > Search = 348036</a></PARA></TEXTE></ARTICLE>www.europolitics.info > Search = 348036
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