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Fishing Opportunities for 2021 for EU fish stocks

COM (2020) 668 final proposal for a COUNCIL REGULATION fixing for 2021 the fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks and groups of fish stocks, applicable in EU waters and, for EU vessels, in certain non-EU waters.

Fishing opportunities for each Member State are agreed on an annual basis in the EU Fisheries Council of Ministers on the basis of a proposal produced by the European Commission. The EU Commission published its proposal for fishing opportunities for 2021 on the 27 October 2020.  The stocks which the EU share with the UK are presented in the proposal as pro memoria (pm), pending the timing and outcome of negotiations. This means that, for the majority of stocks of interest to Ireland, the Commission has not made a TAC proposal. 

Each year, a Sea Fisheries Sustainability Impact Assessment, based on consultation with all major stakeholders, is brought before the Dáil before EU fisheries negotiations commence. In order to allow the Sustainability Impact Assessment to go ahead this year the Minister has decided to use the ICES scientific advice as the basis for this year’s SIA.  As the ICES advice informs the Commission’s proposal for TACs and Quotas, it will provide reasonable guidance for the assessment.

The full EU proposal along with a table listing the ICES recommended advice for stocks for 2021, where data is available, and the TAC and Ireland’s quota for 2020 are available here http://www.fishingnet.ie/fishingopportunitiesfor2021foreufishstocks/linkstotheofficialdocuments/

Stakeholders are asked to comment on the Commission proposal for fishing opportunities for 2021 – COM (2020) 668 final. The closing date for this call for submissions is close of business 20 November 2020.

All submissions received, subject to legal and editorial considerations, will be published on this website.

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