Multi-annual plan for demersal stocks in the North Sea
Ministers had an exchange of views on the Commission proposal establishing a multi-annual management plan for demersal stocks in the North Sea.
Member states generally welcomed the proposal and acknowledged the quality of the scientific work behind it. Some delegations expressed concerns about the complexity of the draft regulation. They underlined the importance of retaining some margin of discretion and flexibility, and not limiting it by setting targets stock by stock.
The objective of the proposal is to guarantee the sustainable exploitation of demersal stocks in the North Sea, by ensuring respect for the principles of maximum sustainable yield (MSY) and the ecosystem approach to fisheries management. The plan is also intended to address the issue of mixed fisheries.
Other topics on the agenda
Ministers discussed a number of other issues, including organic production, animal welfare, lumpy skin disease, endocrine disruptors, antimicrobial resistance and, as regards fisheries, the implementation of the landing obligation and the issue of fisheries choke and the completion of action plans for EMFF specific ex-ante conditionalities.