Brussels, 5th December 2006. Despite consistent advice from fisheries scientists over the last 5 years to stop the catching of cod*, the Commission has again proposed that European fisheries ministers agree fishing opportunities for cod, and reduced those opportunities by just 25% compared with 2006.

Brussels, 5th December 2006. Despite consistent advice from fisheries scientists over the last 5 years to stop the catching of cod*, the Commission has again proposed that European fisheries ministers agree fishing opportunities for cod, and reduced those opportunities by just 25% compared with 2006.

On December 1st bilateral negotiations with Norway resulted in an even smaller cut - just 14% - for cod stocks shared with Norway. In its press release accompanying the proposal for the 2007 fishing opportunities, the European Commission acknowledges that more effective conservation measures are needed, but prefers to delay consideration of these until the cod recovery plan is reviewed in 2007. Whether stocks will survive another 12 months of over-fishing remains to be seen; the situation is particularly alarming in the North Atlantic where an estimated 40% of the catch is unaccounted for and therefore taken in addition to the agreed total allowable catch (TAC).

European Union Fisheries Ministers will make a final decision on fishing opportunities for 2007 at a Fisheries Council meeting in Brussels on the 19-21st December.

* The International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES), the body responsible for providing fisheries managers with scientific advice, has advised a zero TAC for 2007 for cod in the Kattegat, Irish Sea, North Sea, Eastern Channel, Skagerrak, and West of Scotland.


Commission documentation on 2007 TACs

Trends in fishing mortality and spawning stock biomass (5/12/06)
TACs for 2006 and Commission proposals for TACs for 2007 (5/12/06).
Proposal for a Council Regulation (5/12/06).
Proposal for a Council Regulation - Annexes (5/12/06).

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