BRSSEL (dpa-AFX) – The EU and Great Britain have signed an agreement in principle on catch restrictions for jointly used fish stocks. The EU Commission announced on Wednesday evening that the successful conclusion of the negotiations that began in January will create a solid basis for further cooperation in the field of fisheries. The agreement sets the total allowable catches for 75 jointly fished stocks for 2021 and for some deep-sea stocks for 2021 and 2022. It will also provide clarity on access restrictions to non-quota species.
The responsible EU Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius commented that the agreement would create predictability and continuity for the rest of the year. It is good for fishermen, coastal communities and ports, but also for the sustainable use of marine resources.
The negotiations were based on the trade and cooperation agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom agreed after Brexit at the end of 2020. In it, the contracting parties have set themselves the common goal of “applying quotas to the management of common stocks, with the aim of maintaining the stocks of the species fished and gradually reducing them to values for the biomass at which the highest possible sustainable yield can be achieved” ./aha/DP/men