Poland to Deduct Salmon Quota After Overfishing

3 December 2013, at 12:00am

POLAND - The European Commission has adopted a Regulation providing for a reduction of the annual salmon quota allocated to Poland in order to recover salmon quota overfished by Polish fishermen in 2012.

The overfishing was established by the Commission in close co-operation with the Polish control authorities.

During the last five years Poland significantly improved its fisheries control system, increased its general control capacity and started to remedy remaining gaps in its fisheries legislation.

The overfishing is linked to a problem of misreporting salmon catches as sea trout – a closely related species for which there is no EU annual quota in the Baltic Sea. The different MS concerned, including Poland, agreed in recent years to increase salmon fisheries control.