“Baltic plan”: first long-term fishing plan under new Common Fisheries Policy
The EU multiannual plan for managing Baltic Sea cod, sprat and herring stocks will be debated on Wednesday and put to the vote on Thursday. This is the first new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) regional plan that takes account of interactions between species. It aims to ensure the sustainability of fisheries and to offer fishermen better economic conditions in the long run. Parliament and Council negotiators reached an informal agreement on it in March.
The multispecies management approach is much more effective than managing a single species. It takes account of inter-species interactions, such as cod eating herring and sprats and sprats eating cod roe. The new plan aims to ensure balanced and sustainable exploitation of these stocks and guarantee stable fishing opportunities and livelihoods for fishermen.
A multiannual management plan is an instrument for managing fish stocks in a given area. Fish mortality rates are an essential factor for this management, as they provide a basis for the setting of the Total Allowable Catches (TACs) and quotas.
A Baltic cod stock management plan has been in place since 2008, but herring and sprats had yet to be covered. The new plan replaces the existing one. The stocks concerned are interdependent.
Multiannual stock management plans aim to keep stock sizes within safe biological limits. They lay down maximum catches and a range of technical measures, taking due account of the characteristics of each stock and the fisheries in which it is found (species targeted, gear used, status of target stocks) and the economic impact of the measures on the fisheries concerned.
Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), first reading agreement
Debate: Wednesday, 22 June
Vote: Thursday, 23 June
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