Council reaches agreement on 2022 fishing quotas for Baltic Sea
Yesterday, the Council of the EU reached an agreement on the fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2022, on the basis of the Commission’s proposal.
The agreement results in substantial reductions, such as -88% for western Baltic cod or a 50% cut on total allowable catches (TACs) on western herring. This is due to the need to restore fish stocks in the Baltic Sea, as ‘environmental pressures and challenges stemming from pollution are taking their toll on fish stocks’.
In addition to the new TACs, the Council has also agreed on additional recovery management measures, such as limiting fishing to unavoidable by-catches for main basin salmon and western herring, as well as extended spawning closure and a ban on recreation