EU ministers agrees to keep turbot and sprat quota unchanged

December 17, 2014 10:53 pm 

BRUSSELS, Dec 17 — The European Union (EU) agriculture and fisheries ministers reached a compromise agreement on Tuesday to keep the EU quota for turbot and sprat in the Black Sea unchanged in 2015.

According to conclusions of the ministerial meeting in Brussels, the EU total allowable catches (TACs) in the Black Sea for turbot and sprat was set at 86.4 tonnes and 11,475 tonnes respectively, remaining unchanged compared with last year.

Only two member states, Bulgaria and Romania, are concerned by the latest agreement. The EU quota for turbot is divided evenly between the two member states, while Bulgaria and Romania's national quotas for sprat are set respectively at 70 percent and 30 percent of the total EU quota.

The result was different from the proposal made by the European Commission on December 2, which proposed a cut to the annual EU quota for turbot by 15 percent to 73.4 tonnes.

The ministers and the European Commission agreed that existing regional cooperation on fishing in the Black Sea should be further enhanced to promote sustainable stock management in this area. (PNA/Xinhua)

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