Deep-sea fishing legislation met with mixed feelings

A proposal from the Fisheries Council for certain deep-sea stocks will see drastic 
cuts for many fisheries, said Europe’s Association of National Organisations of Fishery
 Enterprises (EuropĂȘche).
Such cuts included a 52 per cent reduction in 2015 and a 51 per cent in 2016 for Red 
sea bream in one particular region (Area IX) – reducing the catch from 780 tonnes in 2014
 to just 183 tonnes in 2016. 
Javier Garat, President of EuropĂȘche, said the sector could not afford such cuts in such 
short spaces of time.
“The fishermen targeting this stock will suffer the consequences with no room for
manoeuvring. They have contributed to the sustainable fishing through management plans 
and effort reductions,” he said.
Further, Mr Garat noted non-EU countries such as Morocco also fished in the areas in 
question, yet did not implement high-standard management plans or conform to minimum sizes.
“Instead of proposing excessive unilateral restrictions for the sector, the EU 
should focus on the joint-management of the resource," continued Mr Garat.
Europeche said it was aware of the importance of the sensitive deep-sea fisheries
and was supportive of contributing to more sustainable fisheries management of
 deep sea stocks – including fully adhering to the objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy
 (CFP) – albeit without jeopardising the future of the sector.
Source: Baird Maritime