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Every December, the fisheries ministers from all EU Member States meet to set the Total Allowable Catches (TACs) for the majority of Northeast Atlantic and North Sea fish stocks for the following year. In the lead-up to the 2018 December Council meeting, we have sent joint NGO recommendations to all EU fisheries ministers, together with The Pew Charitable Trusts, Seas At Risk, Oceana, Our Fish and the Fisheries Secretariat. This includes a cover letter summarising our recommendations, a more detailed policy briefing and an Annex with specific TAC recommendations for certain stocks.
We are urging EU fisheries ministers to ensure that their TAC decisions meet the objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and contribute to the correct implementation of the landing obligation, and to improve the transparency and accountability of the TAC-setting process. This year’s December Council decisions are particularly crucial, since 2019 is the first year in which the landing obligation will apply to all catches subject to catch limits (except those under exemptions), and the final year before the CFP’s 2020 deadline for all harvested stocks to be fished sustainably.
This cover letter summarises our recommendations for the fisheries ministers.
Read our accompanying documents: