Deep-sea species: NGOs disappointed
By Anne Eckstein | Friday 30 November 2012
Environmental organisations (WWF and Oceana) are disappointed over the decisions on fishing opportunities for deep-sea species for the years 2013 and 2014 (total allowable catches or TACs) adopted, on 29 November, by the member states’ fisheries ministers
(1). They find that the increases in TACs agreed for certain species will legalise overfishing for the next two years.
“The Council has not learned from past experience,” notes the WWF, which regrets that it did not follow the Commission’s proposal and scientific advice for half the deep-sea species in question. The NGO notes that TACs are too high for roundnose grenadier, red seabream and alfonsinos, for which there is a lack of sound scientific advice. WWF is particularly concerned that, with only two exceptions, available data on deep-sea stocks are insufficient and that the decision to increase certain quotas “comes as a surprise,” especially after the EU advocated for “ambitious measures” at the latest meeting of the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission.
Oceana is “deeply disappointed” with the Council’s decision to increase the TACs proposed by the Commission, whose proposals were already “not ambitious enough”. The organisation regrets “the Council’s lack of coherence and precaution in managing these vulnerable species”. This decision shows that EU member states are “anchored in an unsustainable past,” commented Oceana’s Executive Director, Xavier Pastor.(1) A table is available at
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