Raad van landbouwministers bereikt akkoord over hervorming Europees Visserijbeleid (in het Engels)

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FISHERIES
REFORM OF THE COMMON FISHERIES POLICY (CFP)
After lengthy and difficult discussions, the Council adopted the three proposals on the reform of the
CFP, on the basis of a Presidency's compromise, endorsed by the Commission. The German and
Swedish delegations voted against.
The adoption of these proposals represents a major change in the Common Fisheries Policy, in
particular with regard to:
- the abolition of public aid for the renewal of the fleet after 31 December 2004;
- the introduction of recovery plans for stocks below Safe Biological Limits (SBL) and
management plans for stocks within SBL;
- increased premiums for the scrapping of vessels in order to achieve additional reductions in
fishing effort resulting from recovery Plans for the period 2003-2006;
The main changes to the three initial proposals presented to the Council on 11 June 2002 (9557/02)
are as follows:
1. Framework Regulation (Proposal for a Council Regulation on the conservation and sustainable
exploitation of fisheries resources under the Common Fisheries Policy);
- Conservation and sustainability: management plans for stocks within SBL and recovery plans
for stocks below SBL are introduced instead of the initial multi-annual management plans
applied to both stocks; limitation of the fishing effort shall be subject to a case by case approach
rather than a obligatory set of measures;
- Fleet Policy: new capacity introduced with renewal aid during the period from 1 January 2003
to 31 December 2004 must comply with an entry/exit ratio of 1:1 for vessels below 100 GT and
1:1.35 for vessels over 100 GT; each Member State who chose to enter new commitments for an
aid for fleet renewal after 31 December 2002 shall achieve an overall 3% reduction in the
overall capacity of its fleet for the period 2003-2004; changes compare to the initial proposal
include the extension of public aid until 2004, a variation of the exit/entry ratio depending on
the fishing capacity (expressed in GT) and a fixed commitment for a reduction of the fleet
capacity for the next two years;
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- Access to waters and resources: the Commission will submit a report to the Council and the
European Parliament by 31 December 2011 and the Council will decide before the end of 2012
on the provisions concerning the 12 miles zone regime;
- Control and enforcement: the date for installation of Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) will be 1
January 2004 for vessels exceeding 18 meters overall and 1 January 2005 for vessels exceeding
15 meters overall. These provisions are now included in the Council regulation. Preventive
measures may be decided by the Commission if there's an evidence of a risk that fishing
activities could lead to a serious threat to the conservation of living aquatic resources, during a
period of three weeks. The prolongation of these preventive measures is limited to six months
instead of twelve months as initially proposed to the Council; Inspections carried out by
Community inspectors without the assistance of inspectors of the Member State as well as by
inspectors from another Member State are limited under more stringent conditions than in the
draft Regulation;
2. Structural measures (Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EC) n°
2792/1999 laying down the detailed rules and arrangements regarding Community structural
assistance in the fisheries sector);
- Renewal of fishing vessels: public aid for the renewal of fishing vessels may be granted until 31
December 2004 and only for vessels under 400 GT;
- Modernisation and equipment of fishing vessels: aid for modernisation will apply until the end
of the existing Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG) programme in 2006;
- Exports and joint enterprises: premiums can now be granted for the reduction of the fishing fleet
in the case of a permanent transfer of a vessel to a third country (where exists a fishing
agreement with the European Community), including in the framework of a joint enterprise; this
possibility was not initially mentioned in the draft regulation, which only provided premiums
for the scrapping of vessels;
3. Scrapping Fund (Proposal for a Council Regulation establishing an emergency Community
measure for scrapping fishing vessels); Emergency Community measure is established for the
scrapping of fishing vessels. This measure shall apply only for fishing vessels owners affected
by recovery plans, which will achieve additional reductions of the fishing effort of 25%, during
the period 2003-2006. The measure includes a maximum 20% increase of the existing premium.
The Community may also co-finance up to 50% of the assistance programme of a Member
State, under the form of financial contribution.
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The aims of the initial proposals were:
- to improve the conservation of fish stocks by setting multi-annual management plans on the
basis of sound scientific advice; the current management system is based on the fixation at the
end of each year of TACs and quotas for the next year;
- to tackle the over-capacity of the EU fleet by restricting public aid to to measures concerning
safety on board vessels which do not involve capacity in terms of tonnage or power;
- to prevent the EU expansion of the fishing fleet, by withdrawing an equivalent capacity without
public aid before introducing a new capacity; the current system of fleet reduction is based on
MultiAnnual Guidance Programme (MAGP);
- to address the social problems of fishermen who have to leave fishing by excluding public aid
for the transfer of fishing vessels, including in the context of joint enterprises, aid for
constructing new fishing vessels and to restrict the aid to modernisation of fishing vessels to
improve safety on board;
- to improve control and enforcement by creating a joint inspection structure;
- to develop the involvement of stakeholders in the CFP by creating the Regional Advisory
Councils (RACs) at local and regional levels;
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ACTION PLAN FOR FISHERIES MANAGEMENT IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA -
Council Conclusions
The Council adopted the conclusions on the Community action plan for the conservation and
sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources in the Mediterranean Sea under the Common
Fisheries Policy as follows:
"1. The Council welcomes the Commission's communication on a Community Action Plan for the
conservation and sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources in the Mediterranean Sea under
the Common Fisheries Policy.
2. The Council notes thus with particular satisfaction that the Commission recognises the special
nature of Mediterranean fisheries which, among other things, are characterised by small scale
artisanal fisheries, and a greater importance of international waters than elsewhere, partly due
to a more limited extension of waters under national jurisdiction; the socio-economic
importance of Mediterranean fisheries is also recognised. For these reasons, the key tools
should be the management of fishing effort and improvement of technical conservation
measures. With this in mind, certain measures may be better managed at local or national
level than at Community level due to their limited trans-boundary impact without prejudice to
the Community competence for conservation and management of fisheries resources.
Community action should concentrate on the management of shared stocks or fisheries.
3. The Council and the Commission will promote specific measures for the Mediterranean Sea,
such as
- fishing effort management
- where appropriate catch limitations
- improved technical measures, enforcement and control
- improved stakeholders' involvement
- measures that integrate environmental requirements into the Common Fisheries Policy
and, beyond these specific measures, will encourage a concerted approach in order to assess
the costs and benefits of the establishment of new fishery protection zones in the
Mediterranean basin.
4. The Council calls on the Commission to promote improved scientific knowledge on the aquatic
resources, taking into account environmental protection, and on this scientific basis, to
promote coordination of the sustainable exploitation of these resources at international level,
especially within GFCM and ICCAT.
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5. The Council acknowledges the special importance of fisheries activities for the countries
around the Mediterranean Sea and appreciates the need for close cooperation with other
coastal States in the region with regard to fisheries management, as well as a concerted
approach to the jurisdiction of waters. With those objectives, the Council supports the
organisation of an International Conference on Mediterranean fisheries between all countries
concerned to be held in December 2003.
6. The Council and the Commission undertake to implement the initiatives foreseen by the
Community Action Plan on the Mediterranean fisheries which fall within Community
competence, and to strive towards Community leadership in the future efforts for the
conservation and sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources in the Mediterranean Sea."
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TACS AND QUOTAS 2003
After lengthy and difficult discussions, the Council adopted, on the basis of an overall compromise
drawn up by the Presidency, which the Commission endorsed, the TACs and quotas 2003
Regulation. The German and Swedish delegations voted against.
The compromise includes in particular a plan for the recovery of certain stocks of cod. This plan
does not apply for small vessels (below 10 meters) and covers the North Sea, West of Scotland,
Skagerrak and Kattegat fishing areas. The Irish Sea, the Celtic Sea and eastern English Channel are
not part from the plan. It includes as a temporary measure of a rough 45% reduction in the cod
fisheries and limits to the number of days at sea in each calendar month - from 0 (in Skagerrak and
Kattegat) to 25 - depending on the fishing areas concerned and the fishing gears. Additional days
are provided in order to compensate for steaming time between homeports and fishing grounds.
Member States can allow the carryover from a month to the next month of up to 20% of fishing
days for fishing vessels. The master of a fishing vessel has the obligation to report its landings (over
1 tonne of cod) to the Member State in which the landing is to be made and must ensure that
landings (over 2 tonnes of cod) are made only at designated ports. These measures shall apply from
1st February 2003.
For the details of the Regulation on TACs and quotas 2003, see the Annex to this Press Release.
In general, most of the changes concern stocks for which the Commission had proposed substantial
reductions with regard to their state of depletion. The Council decided to set some of the Tacs at a
higher level than originally proposed. For stocks for which scientists advised a closure of the
fisheries (cod, haddock, whiting), reductions are smaller than initially proposed, especially for cod
in the Kattegat and in the Irish Sea fishing areas. The reductions on sole and plaice have also been
downsized in South Brittany and South Biscay. For stocks where fishing should be reduced to the
lowest level (hake, whiting, haddock and sole in some fishing areas) the reductions were smaller:
TACs and quotas for hake are increased by 11% in South Brittany, South Biscay, Central Biscay
and West Biscay. For stocks associated with those for which fishing should be reduced to the
lowest level (nephrops, anglerfish, megrims): Tacs and quotas are higher for megrims (+7%) and
reductions on anglerfish are also smaller than proposed.
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ANNEX TACS AND QUOTAS 2003
Species
(common name)
Species (Latin name) ICES fishing zone TACs 2002
Final
TACs
2003
% difference
with TACs
2002
Sandeel Ammodytidae IV (Norwegian waters)
150.000 131.000
-13%
Sandeel Ammodytidae IIa, North Sea
863.000 863.000
0%
Atlantic catfish Anarhichas lupus V, XIV (Greenland waters)
300 300
0%
Atlantic catfish Anarhichas lupus NAFO 0, 1 (Greenland
waters) 300 300
0%
Polar cod Boreogadus saida Greenland waters (all
zones)
Basking shark Cetorhinus maximus Community waters of
zones IV, VI and VII
Herring Clupea harengus Baltic (Management Unit
3) 60.000 60.000
0%
Herring Clupea harengus Norwegian waters south of
62° N
Herring Clupea harengus Skagerrak and Kattegat
68.830 68.830
0%
Herring Clupea harengus I, II
73.840 35.500
-52%
Herring Clupea harengus IIIbcd (EU waters), except
Management Unit 3 106.400 74.770
-30%
Herring Clupea harengus IIId (Estonian waters)
Herring Clupea harengus IIId (Lithuanian waters)
2.300 2.300
0%
Herring Clupea harengus North Sea north of 53°30'
N 146.327 224.458
53%
Herring Clupea harengus IVc, VIId
42.673 59.542
40%
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Herring Clupea harengus Vb, VIaN, VIb 35.700
Herring Clupea harengus VIaS, VIIbc
14.000 14.000
0%
Herring Clupea harengus VIa Clyde
1.000 1.000
0%
Herring Clupea harengus VIIa
4.800 4.800
0%
Herring Clupea harengus VIIe,f
1.000 1.000
0%
Herring Clupea harengus VIIg,h,j,k
13.000 13.000
0%
Roundnose
grenadier
Coryphaenoides
rupestris
V, XIV (Greenland waters)
2.000 2.000
0%
Roundnose
grenadier
Coryphaenoides
rupestris
NAFO 0, 1 (Greenland
waters) 1.350 1.350
0%
Roundnose
grenadier
Coryphaenoides
rupestris
Greenland waters (all
zones)
Seabass Dicentrarchus Labrax EU waters
4.215
Anchovy Engraulis encrasicolus VIII
33.000 33.000
0%
Anchovy Engraulis encrasicolus IX, X, CECAF 34.1.1 (EU
waters) 8.000 8.000
0%
Cod Gadus morhua I, II (Norwegian waters)
16.355 16.353
0%
Cod Gadus morhua Skagerrak
3.773
Cod Gadus morhua Kattegat
2.800 2.323
-17%
Cod Gadus morhua I, IIb
13.667 13.667
0%
Cod Gadus morhua IIa (EU waters), North Sea 41.620 22.659 -46%
Cod Gadus morhua Greenland waters 0%
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2.000 2.000
Cod Gadus morhua Vb 1 (Faroese waters)
500
Cod Gadus morhua IIIbcd (EU waters)
46.284 47.125
2%
Cod Gadus morhua IIId (Estonian waters)
650
Cod Gadus morhua IIId (Latvian waters)
1.300 950
-27%
Cod Gadus morhua IIId (Lithuanian waters)
1.300 1.100
-15%
Cod Gadus morhua Norwegian waters south of
62° N 426
Cod and
haddock
Gadus morhua and
Melanogrammus
aeglefinus
Vb (Faroese waters)
500
Cod Gadus morhua Vb (EU waters), VI, XII,
XIV 4.600 1.808
-61%
Cod Gadus morhua VIIa
3.200 1.950
-39%
Cod Gadus morhua VIIb-k, VIII, IX, X,
CECAF 34.1.1 (EU
waters)
8.700 6.700
-23%
Cod Gadus morhua NAFO 2J3KL
Cod Gadus morhua NAFO 3NO
Cod Gadus morhua NAFO 3M
Northern
Albacore
Germo alalunga Atlantic Ocean (north of
latitude 5° N)
28 712
Southern
Albacore
Germo alalunga Atlantic Ocean (south of
latitude 5° N) 2.663 2.963
11%
Atlantic halibut Hippoglossus
hippoglossus
V, XIV (Greenland waters)
200
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Atlantic halibut Hippoglossus
hippoglossus
NAFO 0, 1 (Greenland
waters)
200
Short fin squid Illex illecebrosus NAFO sub-zones 3 and 4
Porbeagle Lamna nasus EC waters of zones IV, VI
and VII
Megrims Lepidorhombus spp. IIa (EU waters), North Sea
(EU waters) 2.700 2.700
0%
Megrims Lepidorhombus spp. Vb (EU waters), VI, XII,
XIV 4.360 4.360
0%
Megrims Lepidorhombus spp. VII
13.350 14.336
7%
Megrims Lepidorhombus spp. VIII a,b,d,e
1.550 1.664
7%
Megrims Lepidorhombus spp. VIIIc, IX, X, CECAF
34.1.1 (EU waters) 4.000 2.400
-40%
Yellowtail
flounder
Limanda ferruginea NAFO 3L,N,O
260 290
12%
Common dab
and Flounder
Limanda limanda and
Platichthys flesus
IIa (EU waters), North Sea
(EU waters) 27.060 23.001
-15%
Anglerfish Lophiidae IIa(EU waters), North Sea
(EU waters) 10.500 7.000
-33%
Anglerfish Lophiidae Vb (EU waters), VI, XII,
XIV 4.770 3.180
-33%
Anglerfish Lophiidae VII
18.600 15.810
-15%
Anglerfish Lophiidae VIIIa,b,d,e
5.160 3.562
-31%
Anglerfish Lophiidae VIIIc, IX, X, CECAF
34.1.1 (EU waters) 4.750 4.000
-16%
Capelin Mallotus villosus V, XIV (Greenland waters)
95.985 95.985
0%
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Capelin Mallotus villosus V, XIV (Greenland waters)
25.000
Capelin Mallotus villosus II b
Capelin Mallotus villosus NAFO 3NO
Haddock Melanogrammus
aeglefinus
I, II (Norwegian waters)
1.850 2.200
19%
Haddock Melanogrammus
aeglefinus
Norwegian waters, south
of 62° N 789
Haddock Melanogrammus
aeglefinus
Skagerrak and Kattegat,
IIIbcd (EU waters) 4.680
Haddock Melanogrammus
aeglefinus
IIa (EU waters), North Sea
77.935 39.521
-49%
Haddock Melanogrammus
aeglefinus
Vb (EU waters), VI, XII,
XIV 14.100 8.675
-38%
Haddock Melanogrammus
aeglefinus
VII (except VIIa), VIII,
IX, X, CECAF 34.1.1 (EU
waters)
9.300 8.185
-12%
Haddock Melanogrammus
aeglefinus
VII a
Whiting Merlangius merlangus Skagerrak and Kattegat
964
Whiting Merlangius merlangus Norwegian waters, south
of 62° N
Whiting Merlangius merlangus IIa (EU waters), North Sea
32.358 12.294
-62%
Whiting Merlangius merlangus Vb (EU waters), VI, XII,
XIV 3.500 2.000
-43%
Whiting Merlangius merlangus VIIa
1.000 500
-50%
Whiting Merlangius merlangus VIIb-k
31.700 31.700
0%
Whiting Merlangius merlangus VIII
5.600 5.600
0%
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Whiting Merlangius merlangus IX, X, CECAF 34.1.1 (EU
waters) 1.700 1.360
-20%
Hake Merluccius merluccius Skagerrak and Kattegat,
IIIbcd (EU waters) 813 904
11%
Hake Merluccius merluccius IIa (EU waters), North Sea
(EU waters) 946 1.053
11%
Hake Merluccius merluccius Vb (EU waters), VI, VII,
XII, XIV 15.118 16.823
11%
Hake Merluccius merluccius VIII a,b,d,e
10.083 11.220
11%
Hake Merluccius merluccius VIIIc, IX, X, CECAF
34.1.1 (EU waters) 8.000 7.000
-13%
Blue whiting Micromesistius
poutassou
I, II (Norwegian waters)
1.000 1.000
0%
Blue whiting Micromesistius
poutassou
I, II , V, VI, VII, XII and
XIV (EU waters) 107.281 107.281
0%
Blue whiting Micromesistius
poutassou
IIa (EU waters), North Sea
(EU waters) 27.650 27.650
0%
Blue whiting Micromesistius
poutassou
Vb (EU waters), VI, VII
Blue whiting Micromesistius
poutassou
VIII a,b,d
14.654 14.654
0%
Blue whiting Micromesistius
poutassou
VIIIc, IX, X, CECAF
34.1.1 (EU waters) 30.415 30.415
0%
Blue whiting Micromesistius
poutassou
V, XIV (Faroese waters)
Blue whiting Micromesistius
poutassou
Vb (Faroese waters)
Blue whiting Micromesistius
poutassou
V, XIV (Greenland waters)
15.000 15.000
0%
Lemon sole
and Witch
flounder
Microstomus kitt &
Glyptocephalus
cynoglossus
IIa (EU waters), North Sea
(EU waters) 9.720 8.262
-15%
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Blue ling Molva dypterigia EU waters of zones VIa
(North of 56°30'N), VIb
Ling Molva molva Vb (Faroese waters) 3.600 3.240 -10%
Ling Molva molva EC waters of zones IIa, IV,
Vb, VI, VII
Norway lobster Nephrops norvegicus Skagerrak and
Kattegat(EU waters),
IIIbcd (EU waters)
4.500 4.500
0%
Norway lobster Nephrops norvegicus IIa (EU waters), North Sea
(EU waters) 16.623 16.623
0%
Norway lobster Nephrops norvegicus Vb (EU waters), VI
11.340 10.773
-5%
Norway lobster Nephrops norvegicus VII
17.790 17.790
0%
Norway lobster Nephrops norvegicus VIII a,b,d,e
3.200 3.000
-6%
Norway lobster Nephrops norvegicus VIIIc
360 180
-50%
Norway lobster Nephrops norvegicus IX, X, CECAF 34.1.1 (EU
waters) 800 600
-25%
Northern
prawn
Pandalus borealis Skagerrak and Kattegat
5.420 5.420
0%
Northern
prawn
Pandalus borealis IIa(EU waters), North Sea
(EU waters) 4.880 4.880
0%
Northern
prawn
Pandalus borealis Norwegian waters south of
62°00’ N 1.040 1.040
0%
Northern
prawn
Pandalus borealis V, XIV (Greenland waters)
5.675 5.675
0%
Northern
prawn
Pandalus borealis NAFO 3L
Panaeus"
shrimps
Penaeus spp. French Guyana
4.108 4.108
0%
Plaice Pleuronectes platessa Skagerrak 107%
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6.272 13.014
Plaice Pleuronectes platessa Kattegat
1.600 3.320
108%
Plaice Pleuronectes platessa IIIbcd (EU waters)
3.200 3.200
0%
Plaice Pleuronectes platessa IIa (EU waters), North Sea 73.110 69.282 -5%
Plaice Pleuronectes platessa Vb (EU waters), VI, XII,
XIV 1.728 1.534
-11%
Plaice Pleuronectes platessa VIIa
2.400 1.675
-30%
Plaice Pleuronectes platessa VII b,c
180 160
-11%
Plaice Pleuronectes platessa VII d,e
6.700 5.970
-11%
Plaice Pleuronectes platessa VII f, g
680 660
-3%
Plaice Pleuronectes platessa VII h,j,k
970 582
-40%
Plaice Pleuronectes platessa VIII, IX, X, CECAF
34.1.1 (EU waters) 560 448
-20%
Pollack Pollachius pollachius Vb (EU waters), VI, XII,
XIV 1.100 880
-20%
Pollack Pollachius pollachius VII
17.000 17.000
0%
Pollack Pollachius pollachius VIII a,b,d,e
2.100 1.680
-20%
Pollack Pollachius pollachius VIIIc
640 512
-20%
Pollack Pollachius pollachius IX, X, CECAF 34.1.1 (EU
waters) 450 360
-20%
Saithe Pollachius virens I, II (Norwegian waters)
and outside national
jurisdiction
3.240 3.600
11%
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Saithe Pollachius virens IIa (EU waters), Skagerrak
and Kattegat, IIIbcd (EU
waters), North Sea
66.150 79.200
20%
Saithe Pollachius virens Norwegian waters south of
62° N 982
Saithe Pollachius virens Vb (Faroese waters)
2.500 2.500
0%
Saithe Pollachius virens Vb (EU waters), VI, XII,
XIV 14.000
Saithe Pollachius virens VII, VIII, IX, X, CECAF
34.1.1 (EU waters) 8.710 8.710
0%
Turbot and
brill
Psetta maxima &
Scophthalmus rhombus
IIa(EU waters), North Sea
(EU waters) 6.750 5.738
-15%
Skates and rays Rajidae IIa(EU waters), North Sea
(EU waters) 4.848 4.121
-15%
Greenland
halibut
Reinhardtius
hippoglossoides
I, II (Norwegian waters)
100 100
0%
Greenland
halibut
Reinhardtius
hippoglossoides
V, XIV (Greenland waters)
5.455 4.800
-12%
Greenland
halibut
Reinhardtius
hippoglossoides
NAFO 0,1 (Greenland
waters) 1.620 1.500
-7%
Greenland
halibut
Reinhardtius
hippoglossoides
NAFO 3LMNO
16.406 17.226
5%
Atlantic
salmon
Salmo salar IIIbcd (EU waters)
339.377 346.918
2%
Atlantic
salmon
Salmo salar IIId (Estonian waters)
2.000
Atlantic
salmon
Salmo salar IIId (Latvian waters)
15.000 11.000
-27%
Atlantic
salmon
Salmo salar IIId (Lithuanian waters)
4.000 4.500
13%
Atlantic Salmo salar Sub-division 32 of IBSFC -17%
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salmon (EU waters) 48.840 40.700
Mackerel Scomber scombrus IIa (Norwegian waters) 14.100 12.020 -15%
Mackerel Scomber scombrus IIa (EU waters), Skagerrak
and Kattegat, III b,c,d (EU
waters), North Sea
25.798 22.063
-14%
Mackerel Scomber scombrus Norwegian waters south of
62°N
Mackerel Scomber scombrus IIa (non-EU waters), Vb
(EU waters), VI, VII, VIII
a,b,d,e, XII, XIV
345.012 310.808
-10%
Mackerel Scomber scombrus Vb (Faroese waters)
4.566 3.893
-15%
Mackerel Scomber scombrus VIIIc, IX, X, CECAF
34.1.1 (EU waters) 41.100 35.000
-15%
Redfish Sebastes spp. V, XII, XIV (Greenland
waters) 13.883 16.452
19%
Redfish Sebastes spp. I, II (Norwegian waters)
3.000 1.000
-67%
Redfish Sebastes spp. V, XIV (Greenland waters)
26.500 25.500
-4%
Redfish Sebastes spp. NAFO 0, 1 (Greenland
waters) 5.500 5.500
0%
Redfish Sebastes spp. Va (Icelandic waters)
3.000 3.000
0%
Redfish Sebastes spp. Vb (Faroese waters)
7.000 6.300
-10%
Redfish Sebastes spp. NAFO 3M 3 100
Redfish Sebastes spp. NAFO 3LN
Redfish Sebastes spp. NAFO IF 13 883
Sole Solea solea Skagerrak and Kattegat,
IIIbcd (EU waters) 500 347
-31%
Sole Solea solea II, North Sea
16.000 15.850
-1%
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Sole Solea solea Vb (EU waters), VI, XII,
XIV 125 88
-30%
Sole Solea solea VIIa
1.100 1.010
-8%
Sole Solea solea VII b,c
80 80
0%
Sole Solea solea VIId 5.200 5.400 4%
Sole Solea solea VIIe
525 394
-25%
Sole Solea solea VII f,g
1.070 1.240
16%
Sole Solea solea VII h,j,k
650 390
-40%
Sole Solea solea VIII a,b
4.000 3.800
-5%
Sole Solea solea VIIIcde, IX, X, CECAF
34.1.1 (EU waters) 2.000 1.600
-20%
Sprat Sprattus sprattus Skagerrak and Kattegat
46.250 46.250
0%
Sprat Sprattus sprattus IIIbcd (EU waters)
149.860 122.468
-18%
Sprat Sprattus sprattus IIId (Estonian waters)
Sprat Sprattus sprattus IIId (Latvian waters)
8.000 6.000
-25%
Sprat Sprattus sprattus IIId (Lithuanian waters)
15.000 13.000
-13%
Sprat Sprattus sprattus IIa (EU waters), North Sea
(EU waters) 220.000 240.000
9%
Sprat Sprattus sprattus VIIde
12.000 9.600
-20%
Spurdog Squalus acanthias IIa(EU waters), North Sea
(EU waters) 7.100 5.640
-21%
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Horse
mackerel
Trachurus spp. IIa (EU waters), North Sea
(EU waters) 49.400 41.667
-16%
Horse
mackerel
Trachurus spp. Vb (EU waters), VI, VII,
VIIIabde, XII, XIV
150.000 130.000 -13%
Horse
mackerel
Trachurus spp. VIIIc, IX
57.500 55.000
-4%
Horse
mackerel
Trachurus spp. X, CECAF Azores
4.000 3.200
-20%
Horse
mackerel
Trachurus spp. X, CECAF Madeira
Islands 2.000 1.600
-20%
Horse
mackerel
Trachurus spp. X, CECAF Canary Islands 2.000 1.600 -20%
Norway pout Trisopterus esmarki IIa (EU waters), Skagerrak
and Kattegat, North Sea
(EU waters)
173.000 173.000
0%
Norway pout Trisopterus esmarki IV (Norwegian waters)
50.000 50.000
0%
Bluefin tuna Thunnus thynnus Atlantic Ocean (east of
longitude 45° W) and
Mediterranean
18.590 19.232
3%
Bigeye tuna Thunnus obesus Atlantic Ocean
26.672 36.840
38%
Swordfish Xiphias gladius Atlantic Ocean (north of
latitude 5° N) 5.073 6.746
33%
Swordfish Xiphias gladius Atlantic Ocean (south of
latitude 5° N) 6.233 6.002
-4%
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COD AND HAKE STOCKS RECOVERY PLANS
The Council held a policy debate on the proposal for a cod and hake stocks recovery plans. The
Council, having adopted a recovery plan for certain stocks of cod within the Tacs and quotas
Regulation for 2003 (see item below), made the following declaration:
"The Council declares that a fishing effort limitation system shall be part of the recovery plan for
cod and hake. The Commission proposal, as amended, remains on the table and will continue to be
the basis of work in the Council. The Council invites the Commission to present by 15 February
2003 at the latest any further elements for a decision, which the Council will take before 31 March
2003 with a view to its entry into force on 1 July 2003."
WESTERN WATERS
The Council took note of the Commission's presentation of a proposal on the management of
fishing effort in Western waters and of the comments of some delegations. The Council instructed
the Permanent Representatives Committee to examine the proposal in detail in view of its adoption
as soon as the Opinion of the European Parliament will be available.
Commissioner Fischler indicated this proposal was adopted by the Commission under written
procedure on 13 December 2002 and would replace former regulations in Western waters. The
proposal aims in particular at:
 controlling the fishing effort to avoid discrimination among Member States,
 reviewing current ceilings for fishing effort while taking into account the reduction of fishing
possibilities during the last seven years,
 controlling fishing capacity for pelagic species and limiting access to waters in ultra-peripheral
areas.
Commissioner Fischler presented this proposal as a provisional solution aimed at avoiding disputes
between fishermen and authorities of control.
The Irish delegation expressed a fundamental reservation as well as legal concerns on the proposal
and emphasised that the current system should continue to fully apply. The Irish delegation also
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raised concerns on how to accommodate the principle of access to waters with the available fishing
resources. The Portuguese delegation insisted on the need to have a new framework for the access
to Western waters. The Spanish delegation stressed that this proposal would eliminate a
discriminatory situation, and insisted on a fair management of the resources.
The current regime combines:
 a system of limitation of fishing effort applicable to all Member States, fixed by type of fishing
and area, and
 specific provisions fixing a maximum number of vessels from Spain permitted to fish in certain
Irish and British waters, designated by the so-called "Irish Box", as well as specific limits on
access to certain Portuguese and Spanish waters.

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