The EU Reaches an Agreement on the Atlantic Fishing

The Twenty-seven managed this Thursday, after almost 24 hours of uninterrupted negotiations, to close an agreement on the annual distribution of Total Allowable Catch (TACS) and fishing quotas for the Atlantic and North Sea and the plan for the Mediterranean. The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Luis Planas, has confirmed in RNE that it is “a good agreement”.

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In an interview on the microphones of public radio, Planas explained that only 27 species have been agreed, when 146 are usually discussed and maintains that “the final result is positive, it is good for Spain” with what has been achieved for hake and other fish species, although a 5% cut in hake catches from Iberian waters is assumed.

The Spanish delegation was also able to limit the reduction in activity proposed in the Western Mediterranean recovery plan and finally accepted a reduction in days of activity of 7.5% for the trawl fleet operating in these fishing grounds.

Long negotiations
The consensus among the European capitals has arrived shortly after 8 a.m. this Thursday after the heads of the branch began the debates at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and, later, a long day of meetings between national delegations and with the Commission began European.

As a result of Brexit, the meeting set aside the distribution of 119 fishing stocks under shared management with the United Kingdom, including hake, monkfish or rooster in northern waters, pending the conclusion of the negotiations and the eventual fishing agreement.

In this sense, Planas has ensured that the feeling in Brussels with Brexit is that an agreement is close, although “in fisheries there are quite a few issues to resolve.”

Finally, the Twenty-seven have accepted the proposal of the European Commission to provisionally establish a three-month transition period for these stocks in which fishing opportunities are extended and 25% of the figure established for the entire year.

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