INSEPARABLE - Eat, Buy and Sell Sustainable FishINSEPARABLE - Eat, Buy and Sell Sustainable FishINSEPARABLE - Eat, Buy and Sell Sustainable FishINSEPARABLE - Eat, Buy and Sell Sustainable Fish

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The bluefin tuna fishing season in the Western and Central Mediterranean Sea and in the Adriatic Sea was open from 26 May to 24 June for purse seiners. Thanks to the implementation of an international recovery plan and to the efforts made by fishermen, catch limits for this stock could again be increased this year (the EU quota is just over 11200t in 2016, compared to 7938 t two years ago).
The European Parliament voted today on the 2nd reading of the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a multi-annual plan for the stocks of cod, herring and sprat in the Baltic Sea and the fisheries exploiting those stocks, also known as the 'Baltic Plan' (this Regulation amends Council Regulation (EC) No 2187/2005 and repeals Council Regulation (EC) No 1098/2007).

Anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus)

Anchovy © Scandinavian Fishing Year Book
Anchovy is a short-lived fish, generally living less then three years. It is to be found migrating through coastal waters in large shoals. Though it can be found as far north as Norway, and was once common in the Black Sea, it is now found mainly in the Mediterranean and off the Atlantic coast of Portugal, Spain and France. Average length at maturity is 13.5 cm, and the oldest specimens will grow to as much as 20cm.

The combination of a short life span and very variable recruitment, leads to violent fluctuations in stock size from year to year. Catches in EU waters have declined dramatically, falling from almost 85,000 tons in 1965 to less than 4,500 tons in 1982 and only 950 tons in 2005. Since 2005, the main EU anchovy fishery in the Bay of Biscay has been closed due to the extremely poor condition of the stock.

Most European anchovy are caught by pelagic trawlers, and the main fleets concerned are in north-west Spain and south-west France. The fishing season runs from 1 July to 30 June the following year.