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EC Cuts 2012 Black Sea Turbot Quota

BULGARIA and ROMANIA - The European Commission has presented its proposal for fishing opportunities for fish stocks in the Black Sea for 2012, with turbot seeing a quota cut.

Only two Member states are concerned by the proposals: Bulgaria and Romania. The Commission proposes to cut the EU quota for turbot by 15 per cent, to 74 tonnes.

For sprat, the Commission proposes to keep the EU quota unchanged, at 11,475 tonnes.

The EU quota for turbot is divided evenly between Bulgaria and Romania. For sprat, Bulgaria and Romania's national quotas are set at 70 and 30 per cent of the total EU quota, respectively.

The proposal takes into consideration the advice by the Commission's Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) and will be discussed by EU member states ministers at the December Fisheries Council.

Lucy Towers

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