The EC has adopted a sustainable management plan for the Mediterranean and Black Seas The EC has adopted a sustainable management plan for the Mediterranean and Black Seas

The European Commission has adopted a proposal for fishing opportunities for 2022 in the Mediterranean and Black Seas.

The proposal promotes the sustainable management of fish stocks and delivers on commitments made in the MedFish4Ever, Sofia Declarations and the recently adopted 2030 Strategy of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM).

Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, said that sustainable fisheries management in all of the EU’s sea basins was the Commission’s responsibility. “While we have seen some improvement in recent years in the Mediterranean and Black Seas, we are still far from reaching sustainable levels and more effort is needed to achieve this goal,” he said.

“We are, therefore, today making our proposal for fish catches in the two sea basins fully reliant on scientific advice,” he added.

In the Adriatic and Western Mediterranean, the Commission’s proposal implements the GFCM plan for sustainability for demersal stocks by 2026 through decreasing fishing effort.

The proposal also incorporates management measures for eel, red coral, dolphinfish, blackspot seabream and deep-water shrimp stocks in the Ionian and Levant Seas and the Strait of Sicily, as well as including quotas for turbot and sprat in the Black Sea.

The new regulation should apply as of 1 January 2022.

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