Yesterday, the Council and Parliament agreed on a multi-annual plan for Baltic fisheries.
The plan still needs to be formally adopted by the Parliament and the Council. A first revision is planned after three years, with further revision opportunities every five years after that.
The Commission will now move forward with proposals for other sea basins. A proposal for a multi-annual plan for the North Sea is next on the list.
Commission press release
Linnéa Engström, Member of the European Parliament involved witht this deal has been very worried. She said this just before the deal was closed:
“With this proposal, overfishing will continue and, in a worst case scenario, [Baltic] cod will disappear. It is that serious,” Linnéa Engström, the vice-chair of the European parliament’s fisheries committee told the Guardian.
“It is almost at the stage of ‘no plan is better than a really bad plan’,” MEP Engström said. “Of course, this proposal will serve as the blueprint for other plans and that’s why it is so important we get it right.”
EAA will have a close look at the Baltic Sea plan when it is released. And also the draft for a North Sea plan when that comes out in the open.