Consultation on fishing opportunities 2016
briefed on a Commission communication on fishing opportunities for 2016.
Several member states acknowledged the overall improvement in the state of
fish resources mentioned by the communication. They also recalled the
importance to set up multiannual plans with a multispecies approach for
fish stocks. Many delegations also underlined the consequences of the new
common fisheries policy (CFP) for fishing opportunities in 2016, and
notably the landing obligation which will be extended next year to
demersal fisheries in the North Sea and in the Atlantic EU waters.
The fishing opportunities for 2016 on which the Council will have to reach
agreement under the Luxembourg presidency will be determined taking into
account the impact of fishing fleets on stocks (fishing mortality). Several
countries noted that this means moving to levels needed to permit stocks to
rebuild to biomass levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield
(MSY) taking into account the socio-economic factors.
President of the Council, Minister Duklavs declared : "In its discussions, the
Council reaffirmed its strong commitment to implement the new CFP in order to
make EU fisheries more sustainable".