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EU Council Agree on Baltic Sea Fishing Quotas

16 October 2014

EU - The EU Council has reached a political agreement on fishing opportunities for 2015 for certain fish stocks in the Baltic Sea.

The quantities of fish from specific stocks that can be caught take into account available scientific advice and, for the first time, provisions introduced by the recently reformed Common Fisheries Policy, such as the landing obligation and maximum sustainable yield (MSY).

The president of the Council, Mr Martina underscored that: "The regulation on TACs and quotas for the Baltic is the first to be discussed after the entry into force of the new common fisheries policy (CFP). It thus becomes an important tool for its implementation, having regard to all the innovations introduced."

Furthermore, ministers acknowledged that the Russian embargo on EU fishing products will have consequences on the management of certain of those fish stocks.

The Council also held an exchange of views on EU-orway annual consultations and the ICCAT annual meeting.

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