On October the 24th, the commission outlined a proposal on the fishing opportunities in the Black Sea. It focused on the commercially most important species, sprat and turbot with Romania and Bulgaria sharing the catch limit and quotas.
The proposals include for turbot, a catch limit of 114 tonnes, that will be distributed equally between Bulgaria and Romania. There was also a recommendation to limit turbot fishing to 180 days per year and a complete ban over a two month period (April 15th to June 15th). The measures aim to increase the population of this Black Sea icon.
For sprat the commission suggests maintaining the catch limit of 11 475 tonnes of that Romania will receive 30% and Bulgaria the larger 70% share.
The Commission’s recommendations comes from a roll over from 2018 and advice giving from the Scientific Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF). It follows the multiannual management plan for turbot fisheries in the Black Sea, approved in 2017 by the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM).
Member States will examine the proposals outlined by the Commission when they meet at the December Council on Agriculture and Fisheries (December 17-18).