EU fish quota 'compromise' reached after 48 hours

December 20, 2012
Fried haddock are served at a fish and chip Takeaway in Manchester, northwest England, on March 10, 2010. EU fisheries ministers wound up a tough 48 hours of talks on sustainable fishing with a Thursday breakfast "compromise" on the vexed issue of 2013 quotas.

EU fisheries ministers wound up a tough 48 hours of talks on sustainable fishing with a Thursday breakfast "compromise" on the vexed issue of 2013 quotas.

Facing conflicting demands from and environmentalists, the EU's Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki said after a full night of talks: "We have achieved a compromise."

Damanaki, who was fighting powerful national fishing lobbies to cut quotas for 47 species in the Atlantic and where many stocks are over-exploited, said: "The Commission proposal was more ambitious."

She said: "But I would like to say I think I can be satisfied."

had pressed for reforms to allow stocks to recover above so-called Maximum Sustainable Yields (MSY), the EU benchmark, while major fishing groups warned ministers against caving in to such demands, saying large quota cuts would cost jobs and income.

Damanaki said she was satisfied with the deal as "for the great majority of the stocks, we are going to reach Maximum Sustainable Yields in 2015."

This had been made possible because of improved scientific advice, with experts now in possession of information on the state of 85 percent of , double the figure of the previous year.

"So what we have decided today can give us a roadmap to reach Maximum Sustainable Yields, the healthy level, for almost all stocks by 2015," she said.

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not rated yet Dec 20, 2012
According to the Habeas Area principle, the quota's do not belong to the fisherman, but to every individual citizen of a nation. This considerably changes the debate in that a fisherman is only mandated to fish, when he receives such a mandate from (a group of) citizens. Given the current distribution tech/infrastructure and admin tools, this is very doable, would create an on demand fishing industry that does not overfish.

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