Results have been announced from the AGRIFISH Council meeting 11 October 2021
The results from today’s Agriculture and Fisheries Coucil meeting has been announced.
On fishing, Member States’ Ministers discussed, fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2022, UK fish stocks, EU-Norway and Coastal States consultations for 2022 andthe Eu’s participation in the Atlantic Tuna meeting.
UK fish stocks
Ministers held an exchange of views on fishing opportunities for stocks shared with the United Kingdom for 2022. Following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, consultations with the UK on shared fish stocks are set to take place annually in line with the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. The delegations provided guidance to the Commission on the position to be taken by the EU in these consultations. In particular, they emphasised the need to base TACs on the latest scientific advice and to comply with the objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy, taking the economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainability into account. Many member states also reiterated the importance of presenting a united front in these negotiations.
EU-Norway and Coastal States fishing consultations for 2022
Ministers held an exchange of views on consultations with Norway and the Coastal States for fishing opportunities in 2022. Negotiations with Norway are due to take place between mid-October and late November, with Coastal State consultations commencing in late October. Delegations discussed the EU’s priorities and prepared the ground for these consultations.
Baltic Sea fishing opportunities for 2022
Ministers gathered to seek a political agreement on fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2022. In October of each year the Agriculture and Fisheries Council determines the total allowable catches (TACs) and quotas per member state for the ten most commercially important fish stocks in the Baltic Sea, including herring, salmon and cod. The results of this year’s negotiations will be announced as soon as a decision is reached.
Infographic – Fishing quotas after Brexit
EU participation in Atlantic tuna meeting
Ministers were asked to provide guidance to the Commission on the position to be taken by the EU at the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), which this year will take place virtually from 15-22 November. The discussion included, inter alia, proposed measures to manage tropical tuna (in particular bigeye tuna) and protect the shortfin mako shark, the recovery of bluefin tuna stocks, and the importance of avoiding a negative impact on small-scale and artisanal fisheries. ICCAT is responsible for ensuring the long-term conservation and sustainable use of fishery resources and safeguarding marine ecosystems. Its recommendations have direct implications for the EU’s annual fishing opportunities.