Commission proposes 2013 TACs for Black Sea
By Anne Eckstein | Tuesday 04 December 2012
Fishing opportunities for turbot will be reduced and the status quo maintained for sprat under the European Commission’s proposal, adopted on 3 December, for fishing opportunities (total allowable catches or TACs) for EU-flagged vessels operating in the Black Sea. In practice, the decision applies to Bulgaria and Romania, which share the EU TACs for this sea. This proposal forms part of the TAC and quota package on which the 27 will have to agree at the final Fisheries Council of the year, in Brussels on 17-18 December. The new TACs will apply from 1 January 2013.
(1) is not limited to short-term concerns, notes the Commission, but also reflects a longer-term approach whereby the level of fishing is gradually adapted to sustainable levels. This approach will imply in the short term a 15% reduction in fishing opportunities for turbot in the Black Sea, which drop from 86.4 tonnes in 2011 and 2012 to 74 tonnes for 2013. The proposal also prohibits for this species all fishing activity, including transshipment, taking on board, landing and first sale, from 15 April to 15 June 2013. This measure is meant to restore stability or an increase in quotas over the longer term, notes the Commission.
For the sprat stock, the Commission proposes to maintain the TAC at 11,475 tonnes for the third consecutive year.
For turbot, these TACs are shared by Bulgaria and Romania in equal shares (37 tonnes), and for sprat, in national quotas of 70% (or 8,032.5 tonnes) for Bulgaria and 30% (or 3,442.5 tonnes) for Romania.(1) COM(2012)720, available at
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