Council brief on Baltic TACs for 2016
This briefing provide recommendations to the Fisheries Council on the European Commission’s proposal on fishing opportunities in the Baltic for 2016, COM (2015) 413. The Fisheries Council meets on 22 October, and we ask the Council to endorse our recommendations in order to ensure more sustainable utilisation of our common marine resources.
The decision on the Baltic Sea TACs is an opportunity for the Fisheries Council to firmly support the agreed CFP management objectives. We emphasise the need to set fishing opportunities below the exploitation level that corresponds with maximum sustainable yield (FMSY) by 2015, where possible, and by 2020 at the latest in order to restore and maintain fish stocks above levels capable of producing maximum sustainable yield as required by the CFP.