Borg welcomes blue whiting deal –

Borg welcomes blue whiting deal Published:  16 December, 2005

EU Fisheries Commissioner Joe Borg today hailed a new blue whiting deal as a significant breakthrough .

The signing of the agreement between the Coastal States took place in Oslo, this morning.In addition to the European Union, the Coastal States include Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Islands and the total allowable catch (TAC) has been set at 2 million tonnes for 2006.

The EU share amounts to 30.5%.

The European Commission says the parties to the deal have agreed to reduce the TAC by at least 100,000 tonnes annually until the fishing mortality (amount of fish taken from the stock by fishing) reaches 0.32 from a much higher level at present.

Dr Borg said: “This is very good news for the sustainability of the blue whiting stock. It took a lot of time and effort to conclude an agreement but it was worth it. This agreement shows the determination of all the Parties concerned to put in place the necessary measures to ensure the future of this fishery. In this regard, I would like to underline the significant role played by the industry in helping to unlock the negotiations earlier this year. This is an excellent example of what can be achieved through effective co-operation between all stakeholders.” is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish European Fish Trader, Fishing Monthly, Fish Farming Today, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.