EU approves multi-annual fisheries plan for western waters

The Council of the European Union (EU) today approved the multiannual plan for fisheries management in European western waters, which includes Portugal and the archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores, to achieve a maximum sustainable yield in 2020.

The new Regulation, which comes into force one day after its publication in the Official Journal of the EU, establishes comprehensive multiannual management for all relevant stocks, stating that catches must respect maximum sustainable yield.

A precautionary approach is applied to by-catches.

The new rules have been stipulated to take account of the fact that demersal stocks (which live most of the time on the seabed) are caught in mixed fisheries and the challenges in this context are raised by the landing of all fish.

The regulation covers fleets from Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom, and species of major commercial importance such as hake, anglerfish and Norway lobster in Iberian waters and cod, among others.

Black scabbardfish in the waters of Madeira and goraz in the Azores are units also covered in the plan.

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