Oceana Baltic Sea TAC recommendations for 2014 (English)

22 August 2013

In advance of the next EU Commission proposal and Council decision on fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea, Oceana would like to provide a constructive opinion on how total allowable catches (TACs) should be fixed for 2014. It is our hope that the EU Commission and EU Member States take into account the recommendations contained in this document and propose TAC levels that are in line with scientific advice, thereby balancing conservation and exploitation objectives.
This year, the TACs for the Baltic Sea will define a pivotal momentum for the TAC and quota negotiations as being the first to be adopted after the EU agreement for the future Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). on achieving Maximum Sustainable Yield by 2015.


The new CFP is expected to enter into force in January 2014, with only one year left to achieve MSY. The International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) has been presenting advice on how to transition to MSY by 2015 for several years now. Unfortunately, the Ministers have decided to only follow this advice for some stocks. This year’s agreement on TACs will therefore reflect the willingness of the Ministers to implement what they have already agreed on.

 

Hanna Paulomäki

Baltic Sea Project Manager

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