Commission announces deductions from 2013 fishing quotas
The European Commission announced today its yearly deductions from 2013 fishing quotas. These measures concern Member states that exceeded their quotas in 2012. By doing so every year, the Commission immediately addresses the damage done to the stocks overfished in the previous year and ensures a sustainable use by Member States of common fishery resources.
Commissioner Damanaki commented: "As we now work towards the implementation of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy, our priority is to ensure that the rules are rigorously and fairly enforced for all. I note the reduction in the total amount of overfishing as compared to last year and aim at ensuring a longer term trend in this respect. This will form part of our continued focus on enforcing control provisions, which is crucial to stopping overfishing and achieving the long-term sustainability of our stocks."