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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Amendments of fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks for 2011

The 3120th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Luxembourg on 20 October 2011 adopted an amendment to regulations 57/2011 and 754/2009 as regards the protection of the species "porbeagle", certain total allowable catches (TACs) and certain fishing effort limits set for the United Kingdom, Germany and Ireland (14490/11). Regulation 57/2011 fixes for 2011 the fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks applicable in EU waters and, for EU vessels, in certain non-EU waters. Porbeagle is considered by this regulation as a prohibited species in international waters. However considering the possible change in the status of this species under the CITES convention (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) this amendment foresees a consistent protection in some areas within EU waters where porbeagle catches remained unrestricted.

In addition, some provisions of the cod management plan (regulation 1342/2008) establishes an effort regime for this stock which is based on regular data to be provided by member states to the Commission and the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF). On the basis of the STCEF advice, a specific amendment excludes certain groups of vessels from this fishing effort regime. This amendment implies also a change in regulation 754/2009 regarding the inclusion or exclusion of vessel groups in this plan. Finally minor amendments include an upward revision of the TAC for Celtic Sea cod and a technical correction regarding the scope of the temporary fishing restriction in the Porcupine Bank (Norway lobster).

Source: Council of Ministers