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Thursday, 16 December 2010

Fishing opportunities 2011-2012 - Deep sea stocks

The 3059th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on  13-14 December 2010 adopted a regulation fixing for 2011 and 2012 the fishing opportunities for EU vessels for fish stocks of certain deep-sea fish species. On 29 November 2010, ministers had reached a unanimous political agreement together with the Commission on this item. This regulation establishes the 2011 and 2012 Total Allowable Catch (TACs) and quotas for certain stocks of deep water fish.  Deep-sea stocks are fish stocks caught in waters beyond the main fishing grounds on continental shelves. These species are slow-growing and long-lived, which makes them particularly vulnerable to fishing activity. Scientific knowledge of the longevity and growth of these species, although still not enabling a full assessment of stock status to be carried out, is slowly improving making it possible to better target the measures proposed. In this respect, the Commission and the Council have agreed to improve the delivery of data necessary for scientific bodies to advance in the stock assessment of deep-sea species. In this regard, the Commission will launch studies in 2011 to develop more environmentally-friendly and more selective gear.

Source : Council of the European Union