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Friday, 16 December 2011

Instrument to protect fish stocks

Several member states (MS) supported the proposal presented by the Commission on prospective measures against countries allowing non-sustainable fishing.  The main purpose of this initiative is the conservation of fish stocks. The discussion took place in Brussels, at the 3137th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers.
In order to avoid the perpetuation of several situations (e.g: North-east Atlantic mackerel) the Commission proposed to develop a specific instrument that protects fish stocks. As some of the MS noted that EU should always be in favour of negotiations, these underlined that if negotiations were to fail, there would be a need for such a specific tool allowing the EU to act against third countries which take unilateral decisions on shared fish stocks.

Source: European Commission