MEPs ready to challenge Council on Baltic fisheries

On Tuesday (28 April) the European Parliament voted on a multiannual plan for managing cod, sprat and herring stocks in the Baltic Sea.

MEPs want fishing quotas in the Baltic to stay below the maximum sustainable yield (F-MSY). This would allow fish stocks to grow to abundant levels, larger than biomass levels that can produce MSY catches in the long term, reflecting article 2 of the new common fisheries policy regulation.

The Council, however, last week adopted a position which would allow quotas to exceed MSY levels.

Parliament and Council negotiators will now start talks to reach a common agreement on the plan.

“The plan is a long-awaited pioneer proposal. It should help to ensure the balanced, sustainable exploitation of the stocks concerned and hence protect the livelihoods of fishermen. The multispecies approach should achieve this far more effectively than single species management. At the same time, the plan should also ensure that management measures reflect the most up-to-date scientific advice on stock status, interactions between species and ecological needs, said rapporteur Jarosław Wałęsa (EPP, PL) in a press release.

Read more:
Find the documents through Legislative Observatory
MEPs vote for sustainable fishing in the Baltic Sea (Parliament press release)
EU citizens’ representatives endorse a sustainable future for the Baltic Sea (Oceana press release)

Axel Naver

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