The Council Thursday increased the 2013–14 total allowable catch (TAC) compared to the Commission’s proposal for half of the deep-sea fish stocks.
As the tables downloadable below show, the Council increased quotas compared to the Commission’s proposal in 12 out of 24 deep-sea stocks. None were decreased compared to the Commission’s proposal.
Although this may seem like a negative result for vulnerable deep-sea fish stocks, it could have been worse if several member states had not expressed their support for the precautionary principle, a Council source said.
At a press conference after the meeting Maria Damanaki, the Fisheries Commissioner, said that the political climate in the Council “is improving in general.” She added: “I am very happy because we are all moving in the same direction.”
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