German North sea fishermen have to do in the coming year, with significantly lower catches. For herring, the allowed amount reduced by 40 percent to around 39.400 tons, it said after the Meeting of EU fisheries Ministers on Wednesday in Brussels tomorrow.

The cod is after the two days of negotiations, a decline of 35 percent. In Pollock there are, however, a slight Plus.

The EU member States define every year the so-called total allowable catches for the North sea and the northeast Atlantic. On this basis, the respective national catches is attributable to the individual countries on the basis of established distribution key.

The EU Commission quotas proposes, on the basis of scientific recommendations. After that, it is true, the interests of the fishing industry against nature conservation interests to be balanced. The quotas are valid for a year.

Minus mackerel

The upper limits apply for each individual fish stocks – that is, for a species of fish in a particular stretch of sea. If the allowed quota is exhausted, you must set the country in the catching of fish in there temporarily.

2019 is also provided in the case of the mackerel, a decline of 20 percent. In Germany, around 16,000 tonnes. In the case of the plaice, the catch decreases by 12 percent to around 5300 tons. The saithe is a Plus of 16 percent, however, is provided – it is allowed a catch of a maximum of approximately 12 800 tons.

“After several good years to cope with the German fishermen in the coming year, in part, sensitive to cuts in their quotas,” said Hermann Onko Aeikens, Undersecretary of state in the Federal Ministry of economic Affairs. “These hard cuts are necessary to remain on course for Sustainability.”

grace period for eel

environmentalists were dissatisfied. The European Union have committed themselves to the goal of, by 2020 all of its own stocks to a sustainable level, said Heike Vesper, Director of the WWF marine conservation programme. It remains unclear, however, how this should be achieved in just one year. “For the recovery of the fish stocks must be less caught.”

last year, for the first time, inserted period for the eel in EU led-the high seas to apply also to the agreement of the Minister in the coming year. She is three months.

Since 2007, there are in the EU eel management plans. In the view of environmentalists, this was not sufficient.

especially countries with large fishing fleets, such as Portugal, France and Spain to negotiate traditional hard. For stocks that are caught together, the EU and also with other countries, such as Norway.


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