Oceana: Will the fisheries Ministers truly commit to rebuilding the Baltic fish stocks?

Next week’s negotiations in the EU fisheries Council will demonstrate the willingness of EU Ministers to live up to their commitments under Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

10 October 2014

Marta Madina ( [email protected] )

On Monday and Tuesday the EU Ministers will meet in Luxemburg to negotiate fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2015.  The Baltic Sea fishing opportunities are the first in line to be negotiated under the new CFP. Oceana expects the Ministers to take responsibility and live up to their agreements to rebuild fish stocks to sustainable levels.

EU countries have agreed to manage fish stocks according to Maximum Sustainable Yield, which is the theoretical maximum catch that can be taken from a stock and still allow that to grow, from 2015 under the reformed CFP. If properly implemented the agreement has the potential to dramatically rebuild European fish stocks, for the benefit of the environment, consumers and the coastal communities that depend on fisheries.

Reaching this, the Ministers will have to take some radical decisions during the autumn as currently many European fish stocks are overfished, which prevents them to reach their full potential in terms of food production. The Ministers will meet on Monday and Tuesday next week to agree on the 2015 fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea, where substantial cuts in Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for cod is required in order for the stocks to be rebuilt.   

”We expect the fisheries Ministers to live up to their commitment, and set fishing limits at levels that are in line with scientific advice when the Ministers meet in Luxemburg next week to decide on the fishing opportunities for the Baltic Sea”, says Hanna Paulomäki, Oceana Baltic Sea project manager.