Age and growth of the four-spotted megrim
(Lepidorhombus boscii) in eastern Mediterranean waters.
The two organisations particularly question the quota reductions proposed for the following species: anglerfish (-20% to -38%); blue ling (-20%); cod (-20% to -25%); common sole (-20% to -80%); haddock (-20% to -55%); hake (-32%); herring (-18% to -20%); megrims
(-20% to -40%); Norway lobster (-18% to -21%); plaice (-19% to -36%); pollack, saithe, sole, sprat and whiting (-20%).
Bay of Biscay fisheries fared rather well with a roll-over approved for Norway lobster, megrims
, pollack, hake, plaice, Northern hake and moderate cuts (far below what the Commission proposed) for anglerfish (-5% compared with the proposal of -20%), skate (-10%, compared with -20%) and sole (-3.5% rather than -29% proposed by the Commission).
This time of year is key for the fishermen, who risk their lives every day of the week to catch prawns, white pollack, megrims
and monkfish, which are presently on the banned list.
are often classed as a type of sole but it is really just a flat fish.
The organisation nevertheless finds that certain quota increases, like those proposed for North Sea megrims
and Norway lobsters in the Faroe-Rockall zones, are not scientifically substantiated.
The largest increases in TACs, depending on the zone, range from 53% for megrims
, whose TAC would rise from 1,845 tonnes in 2012 to 2,820 tonnes, 29% for whiting, 20% for tusk, 18% for Norway lobster and 15% for Southern hake.
Stocks in the North-East Atlantic, which are no longer considered over-exploited, are: anglerfish (off Portugal and the Atlantic cost of Spain); blue whiting (all areas); common sole (Skagerrak, Kattegat, Baltic Sea, Western Channel and Celtic Sea); haddock (North Sea, Rockall, West of Scotland); herring (North Sea, Celtic Sea, Bothnian Sea); horse mackerel (Western aarea - from Cantabrian Sea to Northern North Sea); megrims
(off Portugal and the Atlantic coast of Spain); Norway lobster (Skagerrak, Kattegat, North Sea of Fladen Ground, West of Scotland, Celtic Sea and Irish Sea); plaice (North Sea); cod (Eastern Baltic Sea) and spurdog (North-East Atlantic).
For many species for which the Commission was seeking up to a 25% reduction in catches - megrims
(except in Iberian waters), ling (in EU waters), pollack, tusks, turbots, brill and Greenland halibut - the member states obtained at least a rollover of the 2011 TAC or in some cases a quota increase.