The European Commission has put forward a new proposal on fishing possibilities for 2009 to preserve fish stocks in the North-East Atlantic.
‘Relying on the latest scientific advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and several other international scientific and technical sources, the Commission’s policy is to rebuild fish stocks via long-term plans for main fish stocks. Meanwhile, a gradual approach will be taken for other fish stocks, with plans to change quotas by 15 percent or less per year. This would give fishermen some stability while also maintaining a more ecologically sound fisheries system. The European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Joe Borg said that while progress has been made over the last six years, there has been so much overfishing that the balance of marine ecosystems has been seriously disturbed and that to nurture them back to their former productivity would mean fishing less today so they would have a chance to recover.