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EC Proposes Higher Anchovy Catches

EU - The European Commission (EC) has proposed fishing opportunities for anchovy fishing in the Bay of Biscay for the season of the first of July 2011 - 30 June 2012.

Based on recent scientific advice confirming that the stock is in a good state and above safe biological limits, a total allowable catch (TAC) of 29,700 tonnes is proposed.

Spain and France are the only Member States involved in this fishery. The estimated stock size of about 98,450 tonnes must be formally confirmed by the relevant scientific bodies. In the case that the final figures will change, the Commission's proposal will be updated accordingly.

The catch limit proposed is in line with the Commission's proposal for a multi-annual management plan for the anchovy stock, as tabled in 2009. The plan aims at ensuring sustainable exploitation of this key stock and reducing the risk of collapse, while supporting an economically viable fishery.

The TAC proposal tabled today brings very good news from a stock whose collapse led the fishery to a closure between 2005 and 2009. After good signs of recovery already last year, scientists have measured last spring the highest abundance for the anchovy stock since they started studying it in 1987. This is a good example that sustainable fisheries management, based on a long-term approach and with involvement of the industry pays off.

European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki stated: "Long-term planning of the exploitation of fish stocks is and will continue to be the only way of ensuring sustainability, reducing the risk of collapse, while offering to fishermen the economic security they need."

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