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Friday, 02 July 2010

Council conclusions: Fishing opportunities for 2011

The 3025th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Luxembourg on 29 June 2010 has hold an exchange of views on fishing opportunities for 2011 on the basis of the Commission's communication. The communication sets out the general approach to be taken by the Commission in formulating its proposals for fishing opportunities in 2011. The objective of many measures proposed in this document is to reach by 2015, maximum sustainable yield (MSY) targets agreed in Johannesburg. The document outlines the state of the stocks, the need to reduce capacity, the commitment to longterm plans and possible new rules governing the setting of some total allowable catches (TAC). For many important stocks which are now under long-term plans, these plans should be implemented now. In addition, for stocks for which no long-term plans have yet been proposed, it would be appropriate to move towards MSY by specific measures detailed in the communication. Most of the delegations agree on one hand on the objectives to preserve the stocks but regret on the other hand that the Commission proposes to reduce quotas for certain categories of fish although no scientific elements are provided to confirm this need. Some delegations pointed out that the implementation of new measures in this area should be flexible and progressive. The Presidency insisted on the importance of scientific data and considered essential to have an exchange of views at Council level on this Communication in order to prepare the annual setting of the TACs and the allocation of quotas scheduled to be decided in the last quarter of the year.

Source: Council of the EU