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Press Release - Important agreement reached on fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea
22.10.2012, 14:47 (CET)
Total Allowable Catches (TACs) and quotas for the Baltic Sea were agreed today, October 22, in the Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRI-FISH) taking place in Luxembourg.  Discussions on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) will continue in tomorrow’s meeting with a view of reaching an agreement for a partial general approach.   

Today, EU Fisheries Ministers reached an agreement on the fishing opportunities for 2013 for certain fish stocks in the Baltic Sea.  The agreement was based on scientific advice and aims to achieve the Maximum Sustainable Yield of those stocks concerned.

“Today’s agreement will have a positive impact on fishermen and consumers, as well as on the fisheries sector as a whole, because in this way the sustainability of the sector and the protection of the environment are ensured,” said Cyprus’ Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Minister, Mr. Sofoclis Aletraris, who is chairing the meeting.

“I consider this political agreement a very important one, as it constitutes the first significant step towards achieving the Cyprus Presidency target regarding fishing opportunities. Today’s proposal accounts for the first of a series of proposals which we have targeted during the duration of the Cyprus Presidency,” Mr. Aletraris added.

Discussions on the very important issue of the EMFF have started and efforts by the Presidency to reach an agreement are expected to intensify, with the discussions expected to be concluded in tomorrow’s Council with a view of reaching a partial general approach agreement on the proposed regulation.

Presidency Spokesperson in Brussels
Marianna Karageorgis

Coreper I

Email: mkarageorgis@pio.moi.gov.cy
Telephone: +32 27404002
Mobile: +32 473858237
Advisor, Communications Officer
Christodoulos Photiou

Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Environment
Agriculture and Fisheries
Email: cphotiou@moa.gov.cy
Telephone: +357 22408333

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