Fisheries: Commission proposes measures to conserve stocks of #DeepSeaSpecies in #NorthEastAtlantic

| October 11, 2018

The Commission has proposed Total Allowable Catches (TAC) for a number of species for 2019 and 2020, in an effort to restore deep-sea fish stocks in the North-East Atlantic. “Our proposal invites member states to apply a precautionary approach to reverse the worrying situation of declining deep-sea fish stocks,” said Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella.

“It is in our shared interest to ensure that we have healthy fish stocks in deep-sea waters, for the sake of our fishermen and coastal communities, their livelihoods and for our marine ecosystems. Evidence also shows that sustainable fish stocks go hand in hand with a thriving industry.” The majority of deep-sea species are highly vulnerable and take a long time to mature. The Commission’s proposal reduces the catch limits in seven fish management areas compared to 2017-2018 levels and cancels the Total Allowable Catches (TAC) management system for three species as they are fished in small quantity which does not prevent them from reproducing. Fishing for orange roughly will remain prohibited.

The proposal is based on precautionary scientific advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) and its adoption by member states in the Council is currently scheduled for 19-20 November. A press release is available online.


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