EU reaches agreement with UK for 2022 fishing opportunities

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There is a 20% cut in northern hake and increases for monkfish and rooster

BRUSSELS, Dec 22 (EUROPA PRESS) –

The Twenty-seven have approved this Wednesday the agreement reached between the European Union and the United Kingdom for the 2022 fishing opportunities of the European fleet in Atlantic and North Sea waters.

By virtue of this pact, the European fishing sector will be able to go out to fish one hundred out of 100 stocks in waters shared between the United Kingdom and the EU and will include a total allowable catches for each species.

In this way, the agreement updates the provisional quotas set in the Fisheries Council on December 13, in which the distributions of the previous year were extended for one more quarter, pending an agreement between London and Brussels for the captures of 2022.

Now the quotas will be revised based on this new agreement that will allow access to fishing grounds shared with the United Kingdom. For the Slovenian Minister of Agriculture, Joze Podgorsek, this pact sets a “good precedent” for future negotiations between the United Kingdom and the EU in the framework of the future relationship after Brexit.

“Thanks to the goodwill and constructive approach on both sides, we have been able to close an agreement that gives security to EU fishermen in the future,” said the Slovenian minister.

PLANS VALUATION

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, has valued the final approval of the Council of the European Union to sign the agreement of the total allowable catches (TAC) and the fishing quotas shared for 2022 with the United Kingdom, because ” it will provide the necessary stability to the Spanish fleet so that it can carry out a correct planning of its activity “.

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For Spain, the agreement is, in general lines, satisfactory, since the catch levels set for the different populations of interest that are caught in the waters of France, Ireland and the United Kingdom, follow the available scientific recommendations, but minimizing the reductions of some fish stocks.

Thus, for northern hake, a reduction of the TAC of 20% is agreed, a lower reduction than that proposed by the scientific recommendation, in application of the provisions of the multiannual community plan for western waters, but always within the ranges of sustainability.

In the case of roosters there are increases of up to 7% in quotas, depending on the area, as well as for monkfish, with an increase of 8% in Gran Sol, with the exception of western Scotland.

It is also important, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, the result for those species of which Spain has no allocation and which may be species of strangulation within the framework of the landing obligation.

The TACs of deep-sea species (mainly sea bream and alfonsinos) are maintained, and in the case of cod for the West of Scotland stock the TAC is maintained, while in the Celtic Sea it is reduced by 20%, but in both cases it is estimated that the quotas that Spain can acquire through the existing exchange and exchange mechanisms will be sufficient to cover the annual accidental catches levels of the Spanish fleet.

Some stocks such as the Cantabrian horse mackerel are also set in this agreement as they are part of a broader biological population that includes UK waters, where the result is a 12.6% decrease in the TAC in accordance with the available scientific recommendation.

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In the coming weeks, the process will begin for the transposition of this agreement into Community legislation through the annual TAC and quota Regulation and for which provisional quotas had been adopted for these fishing species shared with the United Kingdom for the first quarter of 2022. in the past Council of Ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries of the EU.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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