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Parliamentary questions
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25 October 2017
E-006636-17
Question for written answer E-006636-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ole Christensen (S&D)

 Subject:  Scientific advice from ICES in connection with setting the 2018 TAC for cod in the Western Baltic (ICES areas 22-24)
 Answer in writing 

In setting the TAC for cod in the Western Baltic (ICES areas 22-24) for 2018, the Commission proposed a combined catch of 5 597 tonnes, which was ultimately the compromise agreed on by the Council. Furthermore, the Commission retained its recommendation for a ‘close season’ for cod fishing in that area from 1 February to 31 March 2018.

Article 3(a) of Regulation (EU) 1380/2013 states that the establishment of measures must take place in accordance with the best available scientific advice.

The ICES advice for cod catches in areas 22-24 calculates a total of TAC of 6 066 tonnes (DOI: 10.17895/ices.pub.3095). Recreational fishing is deducted from this calculation. However, it assumes an average catch of 0.7 of a western cod for each eastern cod caught. The advice does not take into account the impact of the close season from 1 February to 31 March 2018.

Is the Commission aware of this ICES advice?

Why did the Commission not base its recommendation on this ICES advice?

What advice did the Commission base its recommendations on?

Original language of question: DA 
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