Spain lowers the cuts in its fishing quotas in the Atlantic, in the North Sea and the Mediterranean

The cut for southern hake has been reduced from 12.8% to 5%, that of sole from 40% to 20% and the reduction in activity in the Mediterranean from 15% to 7.5%.

A Spanish tuna boat.

The Twenty-seven managed this Thursday, after almost 24 uninterrupted hours of negotiations, to close an agreement on the annual distribution of Total Allowable Catches (TACS) and fishing quotas of the Atlantic and the North Sea and the plan for the Mediterranean.

Spain managed to reduce the cut proposed for southern hake from 12.8% to 5%, as well as from 40% to 20% for sole in the same waters, and moderate the reduction in activity proposed in the same waters from 15% to 7.5%. the framework of the recovery plan for the Western Mediterranean.

“It is a satisfactory result if the circumstances are taken into account,” said the Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, at the end of the meeting at a press conference.

We have improved the proposals presented. They have been long, intense and complicated negotiations. It is a good agreement on the fishing possibilities of the Spanish fleet for 2021”, said the minister.

The European Union Fisheries Ministers began the negotiation of three regulations on Tuesday: the Total Allowable Catches and quotas in the Atlantic and the North Sea, as well as those in deep waters (2021-2022) and the recovery plan of fishing in the Mediterranean Sea.

Planas indicated that the final stage of the negotiations on the relationship with the United Kingdom after Brexit and the crisis of the Covid-19 They conditioned the meeting.

As a result of Brexit, the meeting left aside the distribution of 119 fisheries species under shared management with the United Kingdom, including hake, monkfish or megrim in northern waters, pending the conclusion of the negotiations and the eventual fishing agreement.

However, the conditions were decided to allow European vessels to continue fishing from January 1.

The solution found is to allow these ships to have in the first quarter of 2021 a 25% of the TACs established for the year 2020 of shared populations.

In some of the species, such as mackerel, blue whiting and horse mackerel, it will be increased to around 65% of the TAC during those three months.

“The decision is a good starting point,” Planas said at the end of the meeting.