EU Agrees to Cut Baltic Sea Total Allowable Catches for Cod
23 October 2012: The Council of the EU has announced that Member States have agreed to cuts in total allowable catches (TACs) for cod in the Baltic Sea for 2013. According to the EU, it aims to manage fisheries resources in an environmentally and economically sustainable way, ensuring conservation of stocks, as well as guaranteeing the livelihood of the fishing industry.
The EU says that cod TACs in the Eastern Baltic have been reduced by 9%. Catch limits for EU vessels in the Baltic Sea also were agreed for herring, plaice, salmon and sprat.
For herring, taking into account improved stock levels, TACs were increased by 23% in the Western Baltic, and 15% in the Eastern Baltic. TACs for the Gulf of Bothnia and Gulf of Riga have been maintained. For sprat, the EU agreed to an 11% TAC increase.
For Atlantic salmon, a TAC reduction was agreed, with the exception of one subdivision for which a renewal of the 2012 TAC was agreed. For plaice the TAC was increased by 18%. [EU Press Release]