The NWWAC has written to the Director-General of DG MARE on the issue of Annual Fishing Opportunities 2021.
The North Western Waters Advisory Council (NWWAC) has written to the Director-General of DG MARE, Ms Charliana Vitcheva on the subject of the Annual Fishing Opportunities 2021.
In their letter they set-out that at the December 2020 Agriculture and Fisheries Council ministers agreed to set provisional quotas for the fish stocks shared with the UK, given the ongoing EU-UK negotiations on their future relationship. These provisional quotas include a proportionate roll-over of the existing 2020 fishing opportunities for the first three months of 2021, applying a 25% ratio of the total existing Union quota.
As presented in the Presidency Compromise at this Council meeting, the Commission would assess the situation of the stocks shared with the United Kingdom and subject to provisional TACs, as well as develop relevant suggestions for the way forward to establish definitive TACs.
The letter states “Basically, it was declared that this issue would be examined and attempted to be resolved early in the year. The NWWAC would like to emphasise the urgency of definitive TACs being established and that this is addressed by the Commission at the earliest convenience.”
Meanwhile, this week, talks on shared quota between the EU, UK and Norway have been underway.
On the issue of the talks a European Commission spokesperson told The Fishing Daily:
“We will start consultations as soon as we get the mandate from the Council of Ministers of the EU (the Member States). On substance, management measures for the shared stocks between the EU, the UK and Norway, for example Total allowable Catches (TACs) setting and other managements measures, including control and monitoring will be part of the talks, as well as recovery measures for North Sea Cod. The conditions for access to waters will be subject to further consultations between the EU and Norway.”