Europeche praises new fish stock data

Scientists released a new report on the status of European fish stocks on 26 September which noted positive results for many stocks, drawing positive remarks from European fishery association Europeche.

According to the report, data showed many stock are recovering, including northern hake and plaice in the North Sea and herring in the Baltic Sea.

“The December Council will also be the first time fishing opportunities take account of maximum sustainable yield objectives, so it is essential that the positive trends and advice we have seen today in many stocks are translated into positive quotas,” said Europeche President Javier Garat.

Some stocks, however, still need work, notably eastern Baltic cod.

"We have observed a decrease in fishing mortality and juveniles but in spite of these positive parameters, the stock does not grow,” said Eskil Kirkegaard, leading scientist with the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea.


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