Malta, with a strong tuna fishing industry, has not been affected by this deduction in quotas. However Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, the UK amongst others were included. Spain was particularly hit by deductions in several fish species.
Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, said: "Nobody should harbour illusions that overfishing will be tolerated. The rules which exist should apply to all in a systematic and professional manner. Indeed I intend to use deductions to help achieve the main goal of the Common Fisheries Policy: long-term sustainability of Europe's fisheries."
Deductions are operated on the basis of public guidelines applicable to all, on the same stocks that were overfished, which is the purpose of today's Regulation. However, if a Member State has no quotas available for the overfished stocks, the amounts can be deducted from the quotas available for other stocks in the same geographical area, taking into account the need to avoid discards (throwing overboard of valuable fish) in mixed fisheries. The Commission will present the regulation for deductions from other stocks later this year, after consulting with the Member States concerned.