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Document 52022PC0054

Proposal for a COUNCIL REGULATION amending Regulation (EU) 2022/109 fixing for 2022 the fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks and groups of fish stocks applicable in Union waters and for Union fishing vessels in certain non-Union waters

COM/2022/54 final

Brussels, 16.2.2022

COM(2022) 54 final

2022/0037(NLE)

Proposal for a

COUNCIL REGULATION

amending Regulation (EU) 2022/109 fixing for 2022 the fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks and groups of fish stocks applicable in Union waters and for Union fishing vessels in certain non-Union waters


EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

1.CONTEXT OF THE PROPOSAL

Reasons for and objectives of the proposal

Consultations with the United Kingdom on fishing opportunities under Article 498 of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA). 1

As signatories to the TCA, and considering their potentially differing policy considerations and orientations, both the Union and the United Kingdom exercised their respective roles by consulting the other party for the setting of fishing opportunities for shared stocks for 2022 pursuant to Article 498 TCA.

The Commission consulted with the United Kingdom in accordance with:

·Articles 498(2), 498(4)(a) to (d) and 498(6) TCA; 

·The objectives and principles set out in Articles 2, 3, 28 and 33 of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) Regulation 2 ;

·Articles 4 and 5 of the Western Waters 3 and North Sea 4 multiannual plans (MAPs); and

·the Council Decision establishing the position to be taken on behalf of the Union in the consultations with the UK to agree on fishing opportunities for shared stocks for 2022 5 .

In accordance with Article 494(3)(c) TCA, the Union based its position on the best available scientific advice as provided by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).

The Commission conducted the consultations in full coordination with the Council. The European Parliament was informed as appropriate.

On 21 December 2021, the Union agreed with the United Kingdom on the setting of a large number of total allowable catches (TACs) for 2022 (stocks listed in Annex 35 TCA). The agreement in principle was laid down in the Written Record for 2022, which was endorsed by the Council on 21 December 2021 and signed on the same day by the Heads of Delegation of the United Kingdom and by the Commission representative on behalf of the Union, in accordance with Article 498(6) of the TCA and in line with the Council Decision of 22 October 2021.

It is therefore necessary to implement TACs corresponding to fishing opportunities agreed in the Written Record for 2022 into the Union legal order. Such fishing opportunities for 2022 will allow fishing activities in an environmentally sustainable way in the long-term, and that is managed in ways consistent with the objectives of: (i) achieving economic, social and employment benefits; and (ii) contributing to the availability of food supplies, including promotion of a level playing field for Union operators where stocks are shared with the United Kingdom.

Fishing opportunities for autonomous Union stocks for 2022

The proposal also addresses the need to set fishing opportunities for anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus) in ICES subarea 8 (Bay of Biscay) for 2022, after the release of the scientific advice for this stock by the ICES.

Regulation (EU) 2022/109 6  set a provisional TAC for anchovy in ICES subarea 8 covering the period from 1 January 2022 to 30 June 2022, until the scientific advice for 2022 by the ICES would become available. The ICES released the scientific advice for the stock for 2022 on 17 December 2021. The TAC for that stock for 2022 should be set in line with that advice at 33 000 tonnes.

Consistency with existing policy provisions in the policy area

The measures proposed are consistent with the objectives and rules of the CFP and are consistent with the Union’s policy on sustainable development.

Consistency with other Union policies

The measures proposed are consistent with other Union policies, in particular with the policies in the field of the environment.

2.LEGAL BASIS, SUBSIDIARITY AND PROPORTIONALITY

Legal basis

The legal basis of this proposal is Article 43(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

The Union’s obligations for sustainable exploitation of living aquatic resources arise from obligations set out in Article 2 of the CFP Regulation.

Subsidiarity (for non-exclusive competence)

The proposal falls under the Union exclusive competence as referred to in Article 3(1)(d) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. The subsidiarity principle therefore does not apply.

Proportionality

The proposal complies with the proportionality principle because the CFP is a common policy. According to Article 43(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, it is incumbent upon the Council to adopt the measures for fixing and allocating fishing opportunities.

Choice of the instrument

Proposed instrument: Regulation.

3.RESULTS OF EX-POST EVALUATIONS, STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATIONS AND IMPACT ASSESSMENTS

Ex-post evaluations/fitness checks of existing legislation

Not applicable.

Stakeholder consultations

During consultations with the United Kingdom on the fishing opportunities, the Commission informed and consulted with stakeholders (notably representatives of non-governmental organisations and of fishing industry organisations). The Commission also maintained contact with national administrations through intensive coordination. The Commission periodically informed advisory councils of progress in the consultations.

Collection and use of expertise

The proposal is based on the scientific advice of the ICES.

Impact assessment

On stocks that are shared with the United Kingdom, this proposal essentially implements internationally agreed measures. Any elements relevant to assess possible impacts of the fishing opportunities are dealt with in the preparation and conduct phase of international negotiations through which the Union's fishing opportunities are agreed with third parties.

Regulatory fitness and simplification

Not applicable.

Fundamental rights

Not applicable.

4.BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS

The proposed measures will have no budgetary implications.

5.OTHER ELEMENTS

In line with Article 498 TCA, the TACs agreed by the Union with the United Kingdom and documented in the Written Record for 2022 correspond to the Union quota shares set out in Annex 35 TCA and Annex 36 TCA. The Commission’s general approach to setting those TACs is based on the ICES advice for 2022, and is in line with the objectives set out in Articles 494(1) and 494(2) TCA and with the principles referred to in Article 494(3) TCA.

In line with the core conservation objective of the CFP as set out in Article 2(2) of the CFP Regulation and Article 3(1) of the Western Waters and North Sea MAPs, the Union agreed TACs with the United Kingdom for stocks with FMSY advice (advice with levels of fishing opportunities expressing fishing pressure that delivers the maximum sustainable yield – MSY).

The consultations resulted in four TACs for stocks with MSY assessment and zero catch advice not being set in line with the ICES advice for a zero TAC. For three demersal stocks, TACs were agreed with the United Kingdom at by-catch levels (Cod Celtic Sea, Cod West of Scotland, and Whiting Irish Sea), and for one demersal stock (Herring Celtic Sea), a TAC has been set with the United Kingdom as a monitoring TAC following the ICES advice regarding the level of such a TAC.

Cod Celtic Sea is a target stock under the Western Waters MAP. A TAC was agreed between the Union and the United Kingdom at a level of 644 tonnes (-20% compared to 2021 level) for unavoidable by-catches in the mixed demersal fishery, leading to an increase in biomass of at least 82% and staying below the FMSY upper value. While no new remedial (technical) measures were agreed with the United Kingdom, the Commission has recently adopted 7  new gear-based measures and by-catch thresholds to reduce by-catches of cod in the Celtic Sea and adjacent waters. Those new measures will apply until 31 December 2022.

Cod West of Scotland is a by-catch stock under the Western Waters MAP. A TAC was agreed with the United Kingdom based on a rollover as requested by the United Kingdom, above the ICES determined FMSY and above the upper FMSY ICES advice rule. This will result in an increase in the stock size by 45% compared to the 2021 biomass level. This is one of the two stocks for which the Council adapted the Union position on 6 December 2021.

Whiting Irish Sea is a by-catch stock under the Western Waters MAP. A TAC was agreed, with the United Kingdom based on a rollover, as requested by the United Kingdom above the ICES determined FMSY and above the upper FMSY ICES advice rule. This will result in an increase in the stock size of at least 23% compared to the 2021 biomass level. This is one of the two stocks for which the Council adapted the mandate on 6 December 2021.

The proposal lists 32 TACs for stocks with precautionary advice. The Union sought agreement with the United Kingdom on these TACs, taking into account the corresponding ICES headline advice and the precautionary approach provided for in Article 2(2) of the CFP Regulation. Most of these TACs have been agreed with the United Kingdom in line with, or below the ICES advice levels. However, a number of TACs (Blue Ling [International 1, 2; North Sea; Skagerrak], Plaice [7hjk], Northern Prawn [North Sea] and Picked dogfish [Western waters]) were agreed with the United Kingdom at levels that avoid choking situations and cater for the specificities in mixed fisheries. A by-catch only footnote was added to the Northern Prawn (North Sea) TAC because the ICES advice suggests that this should not be a directed fishery. A monitoring TAC was agreed with the United Kingdom for herring West of Scotland (HER/5B6ANB) and the sister TAC herring West of Ireland (HER/6AS7BC), which will bring the biomass level to +21% in 2022 compared to the 2021 biomass level.

For a limited number of stocks (Rockall, West of Scotland, Irish Sea and Celtic Sea cod; Irish Sea whiting; Pollack 6 and 7), TACs were agreed with the United Kingdom at a level above that proposed by the Union in order to achieve an overall outcome considered necessary and desirable in terms of sustainability and socio-economic considerations, including the need to promote the level playing field.

TACs that deviate by more than 20% from the previously established TAC level

At the time of the adoption of the Western Waters and North Sea MAPs, the Commission made a statement that, where it proposes the setting of TACs that deviate by more than 20% from the previously established TAC level, these cases will be listed in the explanatory memorandum of the Commission proposal, providing, where appropriate, the underlying reasons for the TAC variations. In the context of the shared stocks with the United Kingdom, the Commission thereby provides such explanations for the main variations of the TACs included in this proposal.

TAC code

Name

2021 TAC (t)

2022 TAC (t) 8

Percentage change (rounded)

Justification

ANF/2AC4-C

Anglerfish (North Sea)

11,972

9,014

-25%

Following scientific advice, in agreement with the United Kingdom.

ARU/567

Greater Silver Smelt (Western)

3,729

11,626

+212%

Following scientific advice, in agreement with the United Kingdom.

Due to revision of the assessment, this stock was upgraded to an analytical assessment (from category 3 to 1) and this led to a revised scientific advice for a higher TAC.

HAD/6B1214

Haddock (Rockall)

8,375

5,825

-30%

Following scientific advice, in agreement with the United Kingdom.

Scientific advice advised a reduced TAC because of the decline in the abundance index and the application of the precautionary buffer.

JAX/4BC7D

Horse Mackerel (Southern North Sea and Eastern Channel)

14,014

8,969

-36%

Following scientific advice, in agreement with the United Kingdom.

L/W/2AC4-C

Lemon Sole and Witch (North Sea)

5,428

4,287

-21%

Following scientific advice, in agreement with the United Kingdom.

NEP/2AC4-C

Nephrops (North Sea)

19,077

24,268

+27%

Following scientific advice, in agreement with the United Kingdom.

NEP/5BC6

Nephrops (West of Scotland)

14,945

11,862

-21%

Set by the United Kingdom.

NOP/2A3A4

Norway Pout (North Sea)

128,300

59,728

-53%

Following scientific advice, in agreement with the United Kingdom.

PLE/7DE

Plaice (English Channel)

11,920

9,138

-23%

Following scientific advice, in agreement with the United Kingdom.

PLE/7HJK

Plaice (7hjk)

67

114

+70%

Following scientific advice, in agreement with the United Kingdom.

PRA/2AC4-C

Northern Prawn (North Sea)

660

990

(by-catch only)

+50%

Change to by-catch TAC to avoid choking, in agreement with the United Kingdom.

SOL/07D

Sole (Eastern Channel)

3,248

2,380

-27%

Following scientific advice, in agreement with the United Kingdom.

SOL/24-C

Sole (North Sea)

21,361

15,330

-28%

Following scientific advice, in agreement with the United Kingdom.

SOL/7HJK

Sole (7hjk)

280

213

-24%

Following scientific advice, in agreement with the United Kingdom.

SPR/7DE

Sprat (English Channel)

1 446

550 (from 1 January to 30 June)

-62%

Change of TAC year (to run from 1 July to 30 June in the following year). Therefore these fishing opportunities correspond to a special six-month TAC to cover the period from 1 January to 30 June 2022.

WHG/56-14

Whiting (West of Scotland)

937

1,800

+92%

Allow increase below new scientific advice, agreed with the United Kingdom.

Inter-annual flexibility

The Union agreed with the United Kingdom that the inter-annual flexibility will not apply to the following stocks: Blue ling in international waters of ICES 1 and 2 (BLI/12INT-), Blue ling North Sea (BLI/24-), Blue ling in Skagerrak (BLI/03/A-), Cod West of Scotland (COD/5BE6A), Cod Celtic Sea (COD/7XAD34), Picked dogfish Western Waters (DGS/15X14), Herring HER/7G-K, and Whiting Irish Sea (WHG/07A).

Discard exemptions

Where there are differences between the Union and the United Kingdom on the exemptions to the landing obligation, the United Kingdom confirmed it would make use of Union discard exemptions in 2022. However, due to the revised regime of exemptions in United Kingdom waters as notified to the Union on 17 November 2021, on which we are currently awaiting a reply from the United Kingdom on our subsequent comments and requests for clarification, the Union cannot say at this stage which of these exemptions the Union fleet could make use of while operating in United Kingdom waters.

TAC deductions

The fishing opportunities for stocks of species falling under the landing obligation pursuant to Article 15 of Regulation (EU) 1380/2013 take into account the fact that discarding is in principle no longer allowed. The amounts that, by way of exception, may continue to be discarded during the operation of the landing obligation should be deducted from that advice figure for total catches.

Quota exchanges

The Union sought to facilitate quota exchanges with the United Kingdom, in view of the setting up of a quota exchange mechanism by the Specialised Committee on Fisheries. It is appropriate to establish the procedure for carrying out such exchanges.

Seabass

Northern seabass is a non-quota stock shared with the United Kingdom. With this proposal, the Commission proposes to establish catch limitation measures for 2022 for this stock, as agreed in the framework of the consultations with the United Kingdom.

Sandeels

Article 11a of Council Regulation (EU) 2022/109 rolled over for 2022 seasonal closures for sandeels fisheries using certain towed gear in ICES divisions 2a, 3a and ICES subarea 4. Since the provisional TAC covering the period from 1 January to 31 March 2022 is now being replaced with a definitive TAC for the full year, the applicable closure period should also cover the period from 1 August to 31 December 2022, in addition to the period from 1 January to 31 March 2022. Article 11a should therefore be amended accordingly.

Prohibited species

In order to protect certain species from being fished, the Union and the United Kingdom agreed in the Written Record for 2022 to maintain the existing list of prohibited species as set out in Annex 2 to the Written Record for 2021.

2022/0037 (NLE)

Proposal for a

COUNCIL REGULATION

amending Regulation (EU) 2022/109 fixing for 2022 the fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks and groups of fish stocks applicable in Union waters and for Union fishing vessels in certain non-Union waters

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 43(3) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

Whereas:

(1)Council Regulation (EU) 2022/109 9  fixes for 2022 the fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks and groups of fish stocks applicable in Union waters and for Union fishing vessels in certain non-Union waters.

(2)On 21 December 2021, the Union agreed with the United Kingdom on the setting of a large number of total allowable catches (TACs) for 2022 for stocks listed in Annex 35 to the TCA. The outcome of the consultations was documented in the Written Record, which was endorsed by the Council on 21 December 2021 and signed on the same day by the Head of Delegation of the United Kingdom and by the Commission representative on behalf of the Union, in accordance with Article 498(6) of the TCA and in line with the Council Decision of 22 October 2021 10 .

(3)The Written Record is a result of consultations conducted by the Union with the United Kingdom in accordance with Articles 498(2), 498(4)(a) to (d) and 498(6) of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the Union and United Kingdom (TCA) 11 , with the objectives and principles set out in Articles 2, 3, 28 and 33 of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Common Fisheries Policy 12 , Articles 4 and 5 of Regulations (EU) 2019/472 and 2018/973 concerning the Western Waters 13 and North Sea 14 multiannual plans (MAPs), and Council Decision (EU) 2021/1875 United Kingdom 15 concerning consultations with the United Kingdom regarding fishing opportunities for shared stocks for 2022. The Union position was based during the consultations on the best available scientific advice as provided by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) in accordance with Article 494(3)(c) of the TCA. 

(4)It is therefore necessary to replace the provisional TACs that were established in Regulation (EU) 2022/109 in line with the fishing opportunities agreed in the Written Record and to implement other measures functionally linked to the fishing opportunities also agreed in the Written Record.

(5)Such fishing opportunities for 2022 will allow for long-term environmentally sustainable fishing activities, managed with the aim of achieving economic, social and employment benefits and contributing to the availability of food supplies, including promotion of a level playing field for Union operators where stocks are shared with the United Kingdom. 

(6)There are certain stocks for which the International Council for Exploration of the Sea (ICES), while assessing them against MSY, has issued scientific advice for no catches. If TACs for those stocks were established at the level indicated in such scientific advice, the obligation to land all catches both in the Union and United Kingdom waters, including by-catches from those stocks, in mixed fisheries, would lead to the phenomenon of ‘choke species’. In order to balance the need for continuation of those mixed fisheries in view of the potentially severe socio-economic implications on complete interruption of those fisheries with the need to achieve a good biological status for those stocks, and taking into account the difficulty of fishing all stocks in a mixed fishery at MSY at the same time, the Union and the United Kingdom agreed that it is appropriate to establish specific TACs for by-catches for those stocks. The level of those TACs should be such that mortality for those stocks is decreased and that it provides incentives for improvements in selectivity and avoidance. The levels of the fishing opportunities for those stocks should be established in line with the Written Record in order both to ensure a level playing field for Union operators as well as to provide for the significant recovery of the biomass of those stocks at the same time.

(7)Given that the biomass of the stocks of BLI/12INT, BLI/24, BLI/03A, COD/5BE6A, COD/7XAD34, HER/7G-K, and WHG/07A are below the biomass reference points (Blim), the Union and the United Kingdom therefore agreed in the Written Record that it is necessary that Member States do not apply Article 15(9) of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 in respect of these stocks for transfers from 2021 to 2022, so that catches in 2022 will not exceed the TAC established for those stocks. The Union and the United Kingdom also agreed that the same applies for the stock of DGS/15X14, which is a prohibited species under Article 18(1)(o) of Regulation (EU) 2022/109.

(8)The Union sought with the United Kingdom to find the highest possible level of convergence in the application of the landing obligation, including de minimis and survivability exemptions, to ensure adherence to conservation objectives and a level playing field. The fishing opportunities that were agreed with the United Kingdom for stocks of species to which the landing obligation applies take into account the fact that discarding is in principle no longer allowed. The amounts that, by way of exception, may continue to be discarded during the operation of the landing obligation were therefore deducted from the advice figure for total catches as provided by ICES. 

(9)The Union and the United Kingdom agreed to continue the approach developed for the conservation of northern seabass, as set out in Article 11 of Regulation (EU) 2021/92 16 , notably that the overall fishing pressure on the stock remains below or equal that advised by ICES. Therefore, catch limitation measures should continue to be established for 2022 for this stock in ICES divisions 4b, 4c, 7a, and 7d to 7h. In light of the advice provided by ICES, the Union and the United Kingdom agreed to increases in catch limits for fishing activities using hooks and lines, and fixed gillnets. The Union and the United Kingdom also agreed a change from monthly to bi-monthly limits for trawls and seines. The Union and the United Kingdom also agreed to prioritise the improvement of the ICES assessment tool for seabass to allow for forecast calculations on the basis of MSY models. The Union and the United Kingdom further agreed that it is necessary to maintain the existing catch limitation measures applicable to recreational fishing. Since the provisional catch limits are now being replaced with catch limits for the full year, the relevant catch limitation measures should also cover the period from 1 April to 31 December 2022. 

(10)Regulation (EU) 2022/109 provides for a rollover of 2022 seasonal closures for sandeels fisheries using certain towed gear in ICES divisions 2a, 3a and ICES subarea 4. Since the provisional TAC, covering the period from 1 January to 31 March 2022, will now be replaced with a definitive TAC for the full year, the applicable closure period should also cover the period from 1 August to 31 December 2022.

(11)Regulation (EU) 2022/109 sets a provisional TAC for anchovy in ICES subarea 8 applying from 1 January 2022 to 30 June 2022, awaiting the availability of scientific advice. ICES released the scientific advice for that stock for 2022 on 17 December 2021. The TAC for that stock for 2022 should therefore be amended in line with that advice.

(12)In order to protect certain species from being fished, the Union and the United Kingdom agreed to maintain the existing lists of prohibited species.

(13)Regulation (EU) 2022/109 should therefore be amended accordingly.

(14)The catch limits provided for in Regulation (EU) 2022/109 apply from 1 January 2022. The provisions introduced by this Regulation concerning catch limits should therefore also apply from that date. Such retroactive application does not affect the principles of legal certainty and protection of legitimate expectations, as the fishing opportunities concerned are increased or have not yet been exhausted. For reasons of urgency, this Regulation should enter into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1
Amendment of Regulation (EU) 2022/109

Regulation (EU) 2022/109 is amended as follows:

(1)Article 7 is deleted;

(2)Article 11 is replaced by the following: 

‘Article 11
Measures on European seabass fisheries in ICES divisions 4b and 4c and ICES subarea 7

1.It shall be prohibited for Union fishing vessels, as well as for any commercial fisheries from shore, to fish for European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax) in ICES divisions 4b and 4c and in ICES subarea 7 or to retain on board, tranship, relocate or land European seabass caught in that area.

2.The prohibition set out in paragraph 1 shall not apply to by-catches of seabass in shore-based commercial netting activities. This exemption applies to historic numbers of beach nets set at pre-2017 levels. Shore-based commercial netting activities shall not target seabass and only unavoidable by-catches of seabass may be landed.

3.By way of derogation from paragraph 1, in January 2022 and from 1 April to 31 December 2022, Union fishing vessels in ICES divisions 4b, 4c, 7d, 7e, 7f and 7h may fish for, retain on board, tranship, relocate or land European seabass caught in that area with the following gear and within the following limits:

(a)using demersal trawls 17 , for unavoidable by-catches not exceeding 760 kilogrammes per two calendar months (January and April; May and June; July and August; September and October; November and December) and 5 % of the weight of the total catches of marine organisms on board caught by that vessel per fishing trip;

(b)using seines 18 , for unavoidable by-catches not exceeding 760 kilogrammes per two calendar months (January and April; May and June; July and August; September and October; November and December) and 5 % of the weight of the total catches of marine organisms on board caught by that vessel per fishing trip;

(c)using hooks and lines 19 , not exceeding 5,95 tonnes per vessel;

(d)using fixed gillnets 20 , for unavoidable by-catches not exceeding 1,5 tonnes per vessel.

The derogations set out in the first subparagraph, point (c), shall apply to Union fishing vessels that have recorded catches of European seabass using hooks and lines over the period from 1 July 2015 to 30 September 2016.

The derogations set out in the first subparagraph, point (d), shall apply to Union fishing vessels that have recorded catches of European seabass using fixed gillnets over the period from 1 July 2015 to 30 September 2016.

In the case of a replacement of a Union fishing vessel, Member States may allow the derogations to apply to another Union fishing vessel provided that the number of Union fishing vessels subject to each of the derogations and their overall fishing capacity do not increase.

4.The catch limits set out in paragraph 3 shall not be transferable between vessels and, where a bi-monthly limit applies, from one calendar two-month period to another.

For Union fishing vessels using more than one gear in two calendar months, the lowest catch limit set out in paragraph 3 for either gear shall apply. Member States shall report to the Commission all catches of European seabass per type of gear no later than 15 days after the end of each month.

5.In recreational fisheries, including from shore, in ICES divisions 4b, 4c, 6a, 7a to 7k:

(a)from 1 January to 28 February 2022 and from 1 to 31 December 2022:

(i) only catch-and-release fishing with a rod or a handline for European seabass shall be allowed.

(ii) During that period, it shall be prohibited to retain, relocate, tranship or land European seabass caught in that area.

(b)from 1 March to 30 November 2022:

(i) not more than two specimens of European seabass may be caught and retained per fisherman per day.

(ii) The minimum size of European seabass retained during this period shall be 42 cm.

(iii) Fixed nets shall not be used to catch or retain European seabass during this period.

6.Paragraph 6 shall be without prejudice to more stringent national measures on recreational fisheries.

(3)Article 15 is replaced by the following:

‘Article 15 
Closed fishing seasons for sandeels

Commercial fishing for sandeels with demersal trawl, seine or similar towed gears with a mesh size of less than 16 mm shall be prohibited in ICES divisions 2a, 3a and ICES subarea 4 from 1 January to 31 March 2022 and from 1 August to 31 December 2022.’

(4)Annex IA, Part A is amended in accordance with Annex I to this Regulation.

(5)Annex IA, Part B is amended in accordance with Annex II to this Regulation.

(6)Annex II is amended in accordance with Annex III to this Regulation.

Article 2

This Regulation shall enter into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

It shall apply from 1 January 2022.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels,

   For the Council

   The President

(1)    Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of the other part (OJ L 149, 30.4.2021, p. 10).
(2)    Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 on the Common Fisheries Policy, amending Council Regulations (EC) No 1954/2003 and (EC) No 1224/2009 and repealing Council Regulations (EC) No 2371/2002 and (EC) No 639/2004 and Council Decision 2004/585/EC (OJ L 354 of 28.12.2013, p. 22).
(3)    Regulation (EU) 2019/472 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 March 2019 establishing a multiannual plan for stocks fished in the Western Waters and adjacent waters, and for fisheries exploiting those stocks, amending Regulations (EU) 2016/1139 and (EU) 2018/973, and repealing Council Regulations (EC) No 811/2004, (EC) No 2166/2005, (EC) No 388/2006, (EC) No 509/2007 and (EC) No 1300/2008 (OJ L 83 of 25.3.2019, p. 1).
(4)    Regulation (EU) 2018/973 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2018 establishing a multiannual plan for demersal stocks in the North Sea and the fisheries exploiting those stocks, specifying details of the implementation of the landing obligation in the North Sea and repealing Council Regulations (EC) No 676/2007 and (EC) No 1342/2008 (OJ L 179 of 16.7.2018, p. 1).
(5)    Council Decision (EU) 2021/1875 of 22 October 2021 concerning the position to be adopted on behalf of the Union in the annual consultations with the United Kingdom to agree on total allowable catches (OJ L 378, 26.10.2021, p. 6).
(6)    Council Regulation (EU) 2022/109 of 27 January 2022 fixing for 2022 the fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks and groups of fish stocks applicable in Union waters and for Union fishing vessels in certain non-Union waters (OJ L 21, 31.1.2022, p. 1–164).
(7)    Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/2324 of 23 August 2021 amending Regulation (EU) 2019/1241 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards technical measures for certain demersal and pelagic fisheries in the Celtic Sea, the Irish Sea and the West of Scotland (OJ L 465, 29.12.2021, p. 1–7).
(8)    As set out in the Written Record before TAC deductions resulting from exemptions under the Landing Obligation.
(9)    Council Regulation (EU) 2022/109 of 27 January 2022 fixing for 2022 the fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks and groups of fish stocks applicable in Union waters and for Union fishing vessels in certain non-Union waters (OJ L 21, 31.1.2022, p. 1–164).
(10)    Council Decision (EU) 2021/1875 of 22 October 2021 concerning the position to be adopted on behalf of the Union in the annual consultations with the United Kingdom to agree on total allowable catches (OJ L 378, 26.10.2021, p.6).
(11)    Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of the other part (OJ L 149, 30.4.2021, p. 10).
(12)    Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 on the Common Fisheries Policy, amending Council Regulations (EC) No 1954/2003 and (EC) No 1224/2009 and repealing Council Regulations (EC) No 2371/2002 and (EC) No 639/2004 and Council Decision 2004/585/EC (OJ L 354 of 28.12.2013, p. 22).
(13)    Regulation (EU) 2019/472 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 March 2019 establishing a multiannual plan for stocks fished in the Western Waters and adjacent waters, and for fisheries exploiting those stocks, amending Regulations (EU) 2016/1139 and (EU) 2018/973, and repealing Council Regulations (EC) No 811/2004, (EC) No 2166/2005, (EC) No 388/2006, (EC) No 509/2007 and (EC) No 1300/2008 (OJ L 83 of 25.3.2019, p. 1).
(14)    Regulation (EU) 2018/973 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2018 establishing a multiannual plan for demersal stocks in the North Sea and the fisheries exploiting those stocks, specifying details of the implementation of the landing obligation in the North Sea and repealing Council Regulations (EC) No 676/2007 and (EC) No 1342/2008 (OJ L 179 of 16.7.2018, p. 1).
(15)    Council Decision (EU) 2021/1875 of 22 October 2021 concerning the position to be adopted on behalf of the Union in the annual consultations with the United Kingdom to agree on total allowable catches (OJ L 378, 26.10.2021, p. 6).
(16)    Council Regulation (EU) 2021/92 of 28 January 2021 fixing for 2021 the fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks and groups of fish stocks, applicable in Union waters and, for Union fishing vessels, in certain non-Union waters (OJ L 31, 29.1.2021, p. 31–192).
(17)    All types of demersal trawls (OTB, OTT, PTB, TBB, TBN, TBS and TB).
(18)    All types of seines (SSC, SDN, SPR, SV, SB and SX).
(19)    All long lines or pole and line or rod and line fisheries (LHP, LHM, LLD, LL, LTL, LX and LLS).
(20)    All fixed gillnets and traps (GTR, GNS, GNC, FYK, FPN and FIX).
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COM(2022) 54 final

ANNEXES

to the

Proposal for a

COUNCIL REGULATION

amending Regulation (EU) 2022/109 fixing for 2022 the fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks and groups of fish stocks applicable in Union waters and for Union fishing vessels in certain non-Union waters


ANNEX I

Amendments to Annex IA to Regulation (EU) 2022/109 – Autonomous Union stocks

In Part A of Annex IA concerning autonomous Union stocks, the first table is replaced by the following:

Species:

Anchovy

 

 

Zone:

8

 

 

 

Engraulis encrasicolus

 

 

(ANE/08.)

 

 

Spain

 

29 700

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

3 300

Union

33 000

TAC

 

33 000

 

 

 

 

ANNEX II

Amendments to Annex IA to Regulation (EU) 2022/109 – Shared stocks

In Part B of Annex IA concerning shared stocks, the tables are replaced by the following:

Species:

Greater silver smelt

 

Zone:

United Kingdom and international waters of 1 and 2

 

Argentina silus

 

(ARU/1/2.)

 

 

Germany

 

16

 

Precautionary TAC

 

 

France

5

Netherlands

13

Union

34

United Kingdom

25

TAC

 

59

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Greater silver smelt

 

Zone:

United Kingdom and Union waters of 4; Union waters of 3a

 

Argentina silus

 

(ARU/3A4-C)

 

Denmark

 

717

 

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Germany

7

France

5

Ireland

5

Netherlands

34

Sweden

28

Union

796

United Kingdom

13

TAC

 

809

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Greater silver smelt

 

Zone:

6 and 7; United Kingdom and international waters of 5

 

Argentina silus

 

(ARU/567.)

 

 

Germany

 

886

 

Precautionary TAC

 

 

France

19

Ireland

821

Netherlands

9 250

Union

10 976

United Kingdom

650

TAC

 

11 626

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Tusk

 

 

Zone:

United Kingdom and international waters of 1, 2 and 14

 

Brosme brosme

 

 

(USK/1214EI)

 

Germany

 

6

(1)

Precautionary TAC

 

 

France

6

(1)

Article 8(2) of this Regulation applies

Others

4

(1)(2)

Union

16

(1)

United Kingdom

6

(1)

TAC

 

22

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Exclusively for by-catches. No directed fisheries are permitted under this quota.

(2)

Catches to be counted against this shared quota shall be reported separately (USK/1214EI_AMS).

Species:

Tusk

 

 

Zone:

United Kingdom and Union waters of 4

 

Brosme brosme

 

 

(USK/04-C.)

 

Denmark

 

62

(1)

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Germany

19

(1)

Article 8(2) of this Regulation applies

France

43

(1)

Sweden

6

(1)

Others

6

(2)

Union

136

(1)

United Kingdom

92

(1)

TAC

 

228

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Special condition: of which up to 25% may be fished in United Kingdom, Union and international waters of 6a north of 58°30’N (USK/*6AN58).

(2)

Exclusively for by-catches. No directed fisheries are permitted under this quota. Catches to be counted against this shared quota shall be reported separately (USK/04-C_AMS).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Tusk

 

 

Zone:

6 and 7; United Kingdom and international waters of 5

 

Brosme brosme

 

 

(USK/567EI.)

 

Germany

 

59

(1)

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Spain

208

(1)

Article 8(2) of this Regulation applies

France

2 465

(1)

Ireland

238

(1)

Others

59

(2)

Union

3 029

(1)

Norway

0

(3)(4)(5)

United Kingdom

1 265

(1)

TAC

 

4 294

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Special condition: of which up to 10 % may be fished in United Kingdom and Union waters of 4 (USK/*04-C.).

(2)

The unallocated "Others" quota for Member States without shares is exclusively for by-catches. Catches to be counted against this shared quota shall be reported separately (USK/567EI_AMS).

(3)

Special condition: of which an incidental catch of other species of 25 % per vessel, at any moment, is authorised in 6 and 7 and in United Kingdom and international waters of 5. However, this percentage may be exceeded in the first 24 hours following the beginning of the fishing on a specific ground. The total incidental catch of other species 6 and 7 and in United Kingdom and international waters of 5 shall not exceed the amount below in tonnes (OTH/*5B67-). By-catch of cod under this provision in area 6a may not be more than 5 %.

0

(4)

Including ling. The following quotas for Norway shall only be fished with long-lines in 6 and 7 and in United Kingdom and international waters of 5:

Ling (LIN/*5B67-)

0

Tusk (USK/*5B67-)

0

(5)

The tusk and ling quotas for Norway are interchangeable up to the following amount, in tonnes:

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Boarfishes

 

 

Zone:

6, 7 and 8

 

 

 

Caproidae

 

 

 

(BOR/678-)

 

 

Denmark

 

5 592

 

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Ireland

15 749

Union

21 341

United Kingdom

1 450

TAC

22 791

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Herring

 

 

Zone:

6b and 6aN; United Kingdom and international waters of 5b(1)

 

Clupea harengus

 

 

(HER/5B6ANB)

 

Germany

 

347

(2)

Precautionary TAC

 

 

France

66

(2)

Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 847/96 shall not apply

Ireland

470

(2)

Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 847/96 shall not apply

Netherlands

347

(2)

Union

1 230

(2)

United Kingdom

2 250

(2)

TAC

 

3 480

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Reference is to the herring stock in the part of ICES zone 6a which lies east of the meridian of longitude 7°W and north of the parallel of latitude 55°N, or west of the meridian of longitude 7°W and north of the parallel of latitude 56°N, excluding the Clyde.

(2)

It shall be prohibited to target any herring in the part of the ICES zones subject to this TAC that lies between 56°N and 57°30' N, with the exception of a six nautical mile belt measured from the baseline of the United Kingdom's territorial sea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Herring

 

 

Zone:

6aS(1), 7b, 7c

 

 

Clupea harengus

 

 

(HER/6AS7BC)

 

Ireland

 

1 236

 

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Netherlands

124

Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 847/96 shall not apply

Union

1 360

Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 847/96 shall not apply

TAC

 

1 360

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Reference is to the herring stock in 6a south of 56º00' N and west of 07º00' W.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Herring

 

Zone:

7a(1)

 

 

 

Clupea harengus

 

 

(HER/07A/MM)

 

Ireland

 

719

 

Analytical TAC

 

 

Union

719

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

United Kingdom

7 736

TAC

 

8 455

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

This zone is reduced by the area bounded:

- to the north by latitude 52º30' N,

- to the south by latitude 52º00' N,

- to the west by the coast of Ireland,

- to the east by the coast of the United Kingdom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Herring

 

 

Zone:

7e and 7f

 

 

 

Clupea harengus

 

 

(HER/7EF.)

 

 

France

 

465

 

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Union

465

United Kingdom

465

TAC

930

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Herring

 

 

Zone:

7a south of 52°30’N; 7g(1), 7h(1), 7j(1) and 7k(1)

 

Clupea harengus

 

 

(HER/7G-K.)

 

Germany

 

10

(3)

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

54

(3)

Ireland

750

(3)

Netherlands

54

(3)

Union

868

(3)

United Kingdom

1

(2)

TAC

 

869

(3)

 

 

 

 

(1)

This zone is increased by the area bounded:

- to the north by latitude 52º30' N,

- to the south by latitude 52º00' N,

- to the west by the coast of Ireland,

- to the east by the coast of the United Kingdom.

(2)

This quota may only be allocated to vessels participating in the sentinel fishery to allow fisheries-based data collection for this stock as assessed by ICES. United Kingdom Fisheries Administrations shall communicate the name(s) of the vessel(s) to the Marine Management Organisation before allowing any catches.

(3)

This quota may only be allocated to vessels participating in the sentinel fishery to allow fisheries-based data collection for this stock as assessed by ICES. The Member States concerned shall communicate the name(s) of the vessel(s) to the Commission before allowing any catches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Cod

 

 

Zone:

6b; United Kingdom and international waters of 5b west of 12º00' W and of 12 and 14

Gadus morhua

 

 

(COD/5W6-14)

 

Belgium

 

0

(1)

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Germany

1

(1)

France

16

(1)

Ireland

6

(1)

Union

23

(1)

United Kingdom

51

(1)

TAC

 

74

(1)

 

 

 

 

(1)

Exclusively for by-catches of cod in fisheries for other species. No directed fisheries for cod are permitted under this TAC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Cod

 

 

Zone:

6a; United Kingdom and international waters of 5b east of 12º00' W

 

Gadus morhua

 

 

(COD/5BE6A)

 

Belgium

 

2

(1)

Analytical TAC

 

 

Germany

22

(1)

Article 9 of this Regulation applies

France

234

(1)

Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 847/96 shall not apply

Ireland

91

(1)

Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 847/96 shall not apply

Union

349

(1)

United Kingdom

930

(1)

TAC

 

1 279

(1)

 

 

 

 

(1)

Exclusively for by-catches of cod in fisheries for other species. No directed fisheries for cod are permitted under this quota.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Cod

 

 

Zone:

7a

 

 

 

Gadus morhua

 

 

(COD/07A.)

 

 

Belgium

 

5

(1)

Precautionary TAC

 

 

France

15

(1)

Ireland

94

(1)

Netherlands

1

(1)

Union

115

(1)

United Kingdom

91

(1)

TAC

 

206

(1)

 

 

 

 

(1)

Exclusively for by-catches of cod in fisheries for other species. No directed fisheries are permitted under this quota.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Cod

 

 

Zone:

7b, 7c, 7e-k, 8, 9 and 10; Union waters of CECAF 34.1.1

Gadus morhua

 

 

 

 

 

 

(COD/7XAD34)

 

Belgium

 

28

(1)

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

463

(1)

Article 9 of this Regulation applies

Ireland

92

(1)

Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 847/96 shall not apply

Netherlands

0

(1)

Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 847/96 shall not apply

Union

583

(1)

United Kingdom

61

(1)

TAC

 

644

(1)

 

 

 

 

(1)

Exclusively for by-catches of cod in fisheries for other species. No directed fisheries for cod are permitted under this quota.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Megrims

 

 

Zone:

United Kingdom and Union waters of 4; United Kingdom waters of 2a

 

Lepidorhombus spp.

 

 

 

(LEZ/2AC4-C)

 

Belgium

 

8

(1)

Analytical TAC

 

 

Denmark

7

(1)

Article 8(2) of this Regulation applies

Germany

7

(1)

France

45

(1)

Netherlands

36

(1)

Union

103

(1)

United Kingdom

2 660

(1)

TAC

 

2 763

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Special condition: of which up to 20 % may be fished in United Kingdom, Union and international waters of 6a north of 58°30’N (LEZ/*6AN58).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Megrims

 

 

Zone:

6; United Kingdom and international waters of 5b; international waters of 12 and 14

Lepidorhombus spp.

 

 

 

 

 

(LEZ/56-14)

 

 

Spain

 

550

(1)

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

2 146

(1)

Article 8(2) of this Regulation applies

Ireland

627

(1)

Union

3 323

(1)

United Kingdom

2 258

(1)

TAC

 

5 581

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Special condition: of which up to 25 % may be fished in United Kingdom and Union waters of 2a and 4 (LEZ/*2AC4C).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Megrims

 

 

Zone:

7

 

 

 

Lepidorhombus spp.

 

 

 

(LEZ/07.)

 

 

Belgium

 

461

(1)

Analytical TAC

 

 

Spain

5 124

(2)

Article 8(2) of this Regulation applies

France

6 219

(2)

Ireland

2 827

(2)

Union

14 631

United Kingdom

3 660

(2)

TAC

 

18 916

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

10 % of this quota may be used in United Kingdom, Union and international waters of 8a, 8b, 8d and 8e (LEZ/*8ABDE) for by-catches in directed fisheries for sole.

(2)

35 % of this quota may be fished in United Kingdom, Union and international waters of 8a, 8b, 8d and 8e (LEZ/*8ABDE).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Megrims

 

 

Zone:

8a, 8b, 8d and 8e

 

 

Lepidorhombus spp.

 

 

 

(LEZ/8ABDE.)

 

Spain

 

1 035

 

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

835

Article 8(2) of this Regulation applies

Union

1 870

TAC

1 870

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Anglerfishes

 

 

Zone:

United Kingdom and Union waters of 4; United Kingdom waters of 2a

Lophiidae

 

 

 

(ANF/2AC4-C)

 

Belgium

 

221

(1)(2)

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Denmark

488

(1)(2)

Germany

238

(1)(2)

France

45

(1)(2)

Netherlands

167

(1)(2)

Sweden

6

(1)(2)

Union

1 165

(1)(2)

United Kingdom

7 849

(1)(2)

TAC

 

9 014

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Special condition: of which up to 30% may be fished in United Kingdom, Union and international waters of 6a north of 58°30’N (ANF/*6AN58).

(2)

Special condition: of which up to 10 % may be fished in United Kingdom waters of 6a south of 58°30’N; United Kingdom and international waters of 5b; International waters of 12 and 14 (ANF/*56-14).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Anglerfishes

 

 

Zone:

6; United Kingdom and international waters of 5b; international waters of 12 and 14

Lophiidae

 

 

 

(ANF/56-14)

 

Belgium

 

158

(1)

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Germany

180

(1)

Spain

169

(1)

France

1 944

(1)

Ireland

439

(1)

Netherlands

152

(1)

Union

3 042

(1)

United Kingdom

2 060

(1)

TAC

 

5 102

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Special condition: of which up to 20 % may be fished in United Kingdom and Union waters of 2a and 4 (ANF/*2AC4C).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Anglerfishes

 

 

Zone:

7

 

 

 

Lophiidae

 

 

 

(ANF/07.)

 

 

Belgium

 

3 629

(1)

Analytical TAC

 

 

Germany

405

(1)

Article 8(2) of this Regulation applies

Spain

1 442

(1)

France

23 291

(1)

Ireland

2 977

(1)

Netherlands

470

(1)

Union

32 214

(1)

United Kingdom

8 959

(1)

TAC

 

41 173

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Special condition: of which up to 10 % may be fished in United Kingdom, Union and international waters of 8a, 8b, 8d and 8e (ANF/*8ABDE).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Anglerfishes

 

 

Zone:

8a, 8b, 8d and 8e

 

 

Lophiidae

 

 

 

(ANF/8ABDE.)

 

Spain

 

1 681

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

9 351

Article 8(2) of this Regulation applies

Union

11 032

TAC

11 032

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Haddock

 

 

Zone:

United Kingdom, Union and international waters of 6b; international waters of 12 and 14

 

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

 

 

 

(HAD/6B1214)

 

Belgium

 

12

Analytical TAC

 

 

Germany

12

Article 8(2) of this Regulation applies

France

542

Ireland

385

Union

951

United Kingdom

4 874

TAC

5 825

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Haddock

 

 

Zone:

6a; United Kingdom and international waters of 5b

 

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

 

 

 

(HAD/5BC6A.)

 

Belgium

 

11

(1)

Analytical TAC

 

 

Germany

13

(1)

Article 8(2) of this Regulation applies

France

553

(1)

Ireland

394

(1)

Union

971

(1)

United Kingdom

4 035

(1)

TAC

 

5 006

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Special condition: of which up to 25 % may be fished in United Kingdom and Union waters of 2a and 4 (HAD/*2AC4).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Haddock

 

 

Zone:

7b-k, 8, 9 and 10; Union waters of CECAF 34.1.1

 

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

 

 

 

(HAD/7X7A34)

 

Belgium

 

146

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

8 762

Article 8(2) of this Regulation applies

Ireland

2 920

Union

11 828

United Kingdom

2 550

TAC

15 000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Haddock

 

 

Zone:

7a

 

 

 

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

 

 

 

(HAD/07A.)

 

Belgium

 

43

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

196

Article 8(2) of this Regulation applies

Ireland

1 171

Union

1 410

United Kingdom

1 628

TAC

3 038

Species:

Whiting

 

 

Zone:

6; United Kingdom and International waters of 5b; international waters of 12 and 14

Merlangius merlangus

 

 

 

(WHG/56-14)

 

Germany

 

9

(1)

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

189

(1)

Article 9 of this Regulation applies

Ireland

462

(1)

Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 847/96 shall not apply

Union

660

(1)

Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 847/96 shall not apply

United Kingdom

1 140

(1)

TAC

 

1 800

(1)

 

 

 

 

(1)

Exclusively for by-catches of whiting in fisheries for other species. No directed fisheries for whiting are permitted under this quota.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Whiting

 

 

Zone:

7a

 

 

 

Merlangius merlangus

 

 

 

(WHG/07A.)

 

Belgium

 

3

(1)

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

44

(1)

Article 9 of this Regulation applies

Ireland

251

(1)

Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 847/96 shall not apply

Netherlands

1

(1)

Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 847/96 shall not apply

Union

299

(1)

United Kingdom

422

(1)

TAC

 

721

(1)

 

 

 

 

(1)

Exclusively for by-catches of whiting in fisheries for other species. No directed fisheries for whiting are permitted under this quota.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Whiting

 

 

Zone:

7b, 7c, 7d, 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h, 7j and 7k

 

Merlangius merlangus

 

 

 

(WHG/7X7A-C)

 

Belgium

 

99

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

6 085

Ireland

2 819

Netherlands

49

Union

9 052

United Kingdom

1 188

TAC

10 696

Species:

Hake

 

 

Zone:

3a

 

 

 

Merluccius merluccius

 

 

 

(HKE/03A.)

 

 

Denmark

 

2 192

(1)

Analytical TAC

 

 

Sweden

187

(1)

Article 8(2) of this Regulation applies

Union

2 379

TAC

 

2 379

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Transfers of this quota may be effected to United Kingdom and Union waters of 2a and 4. However, such transfers shall be notified in advance to the Commission and to the United Kingdom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Hake

 

 

Zone:

United Kingdom and Union waters of 4; United Kingdom waters of 2a

 

Merluccius merluccius

 

 

 

(HKE/2AC4-C)

Belgium

 

27

(1)(2)

Analytical TAC

 

 

Denmark

1 110

(1)(2)

Article 8(2) of this Regulation applies

Germany

127

(1)(2)

France

245

(1)(2)

Netherlands

64

(1)(2)

Union

1 573

(1)(2)

United Kingdom

1 181

(1)(2)

TAC

 

2 754

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Not more than 10 % of this quota may be used for by-catch in 3a (HKE/*03A.).

(2)

Special condition: of which up to 6 % may be fished in United Kingdom, Union and international waters of 6a north of 58°30’N (HKE/*6AN58).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Hake

 

 

Zone:

6 and 7; United Kingdom and international waters of 5b; international waters of 12 and 14

Merluccius merluccius

 

 

 

 

 

(HKE/571214)

Belgium

 

397

(1)

Analytical TAC

 

 

Spain

12 735

(1)

Article 8(2) of this Regulation applies

France

19 666

(1)

Ireland

2 383

(1)

Netherlands

256

(1)

Union

35 437

(1)

United Kingdom

8 831

(1)

TAC

 

44 268

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Transfers of this quota may be effected to United Kingdom, Union and international waters of 2a and 4. However, such transfers shall be notified retrospectively annually to the other Party. Member States shall notify in advance to the Commission.

Special condition: within the limits of the abovementioned quotas, no more than the quantities given below may be taken in the following zones:

8a, 8b, 8d and 8e (HKE/*8ABDE)

 

Belgium

53

Spain

2 105

France

2 105

Ireland

263

Netherlands

26

Union

4 552

United Kingdom

1 184

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Hake

 

 

Zone:

8a, 8b, 8d and 8e

 

 

Merluccius merluccius

 

 

 

(HKE/8ABDE.)

Belgium

 

13

(1)

Analytical TAC

 

 

Spain

9 085

Article 8(2) of this Regulation applies

France

20 401

Netherlands

26

(1)

Union

29 525

TAC

 

29 525

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Transfers of this quota may be effected to United Kingdom and Union waters of 2a and 4. However, such transfers shall be notified in advance to the Commission and to the UK.

Special condition: within the limits of the abovementioned quotas, no more than the quantities given below may be taken in the following zones:

6 and 7; United Kingdom and international waters of 5b; international waters of 12 and 14 (HKE/*57-14)

Belgium

3

Spain

2 631

France

4 737

Netherlands

8

Union

 

7 379

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Lemon sole and witch flounder

Zone:

United Kingdom and Union waters of 4; United Kingdom waters of 2a

Microstomus kitt and

 

(L/W/2AC4-C)

 

Glyptocephalus cynoglossus

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belgium

 

212

Precautionary TAC

Denmark

582

Germany

75

France

160

Netherlands

485

Sweden

7

Union

1 521

United Kingdom

2 766

TAC

 

4 287

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Blue ling

 

 

Zone:

6 and 7; United Kingdom and international waters of 5

 

Molva dypterygia

 

 

 

(BLI/5B67-)

Germany

 

109

Analytical TAC

 

 

Estonia

16

Article 8(2) of this Regulation applies

Spain

342

France

7 795

Ireland

30

Lithuania

7

Poland

3

Others

30

(1)

Union

8 332

Norway

0

(2)

Faroe Islands

0

(3)

United Kingdom

2 527

TAC

 

10 859

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

The unallocated “Others” quota for Member States without shares is exclusively for by-catches. Catches to be counted against this shared quota shall be reported separately (BLI/5B67_AMS).

(2)

To be fished in Union waters of 4, 6 and 7 (BLI/*24X7C).

(3)

By-catches of roundnose grenadier and black scabbardfish to be counted against this quota. To be fished in Union waters of 6a north of 56° 30′N and 6b. This provision shall not apply for catches subject to the landing obligation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Blue ling

 

 

Zone:

International waters of 12

 

 

Molva dypterygia

 

 

 

(BLI/12INT-)

Estonia

 

0

(1)

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Spain

73

(1)

France

2

(1)

Lithuania

1

(1)

Others

0

(1)(2)

Union

76

(1)

United Kingdom

1

(1)

TAC

 

77

(1)

 

 

 

 

(1)

Exclusively for by-catches. No directed fisheries are permitted under this quota.

(2)

Catches to be counted against this shared quota shall be reported separately (BLI/12INT_AMS).

Species:

Blue ling

 

 

Zone:

United Kingdom and international waters of 2; United Kingdom and Union waters of 4

 

Molva dypterygia

 

 

 

(BLI/24-)

Denmark

 

2

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Germany

2

Ireland

2

France

12

Others

2

(1)

Union

20

United Kingdom

7

TAC

 

27

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

The unallocated “Others” quota for Member States without shares is exclusively for by-catches. Catches to be counted against this shared quota shall be reported separately (BLI/24_AMS).

Species:

Blue ling

 

 

Zone:

Union waters of 3a

 

 

Molva dypterygia

 

 

 

(BLI/03A-)

Denmark

 

1,5

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Germany

1

Sweden

1,5

Union

4

TAC

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Ling

 

 

Zone:

United Kingdom and international waters of 1 and 2

 

Molva molva

 

 

 

(LIN/1/2.)

Denmark

 

9

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Germany

9

France

9

Others

3

(1)

Union

30

United Kingdom

8

TAC

 

38

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Exclusively for by-catches. No directed fisheries are permitted under this quota. Catches to be counted against this shared quota shall be reported separately (LIN/1/2_AMS).

Species:

Ling

 

 

Zone:

Union waters of 3a

 

 

Molva molva

 

 

 

(LIN/03A-C.)

Belgium

 

11

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Denmark

79

Germany

11

Sweden

32

Union

133

United Kingdom

11

TAC

 

144

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Ling

 

 

Zone:

United Kingdom and Union waters of 4

 

Molva molva

 

 

 

(LIN/04-C.)

Belgium

 

18

(1)(2)

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Denmark

277

(1)(2)

Germany

171

(1)(2)

France

154

(1)

Netherlands

6

(1)

Sweden

12

(1)(2)

Union

638

(1)

United Kingdom

2 473

(1)(2)

TAC

 

3 127

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Special condition: of which up to 20 % may be fished in United Kingdom, Union and international waters of 6a north of 58°30’N (LIN/*6AN58).

(2)

Special condition: of which up to 25 % but no more than 75 tonnes may be fished in Union waters of 3a (LIN/*03A-C).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Ling

Zone:

United Kingdom and international waters of 5

 

Molva molva

 

 

 

(LIN/05EI.)

Belgium

 

8

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Denmark

6

Germany

6

France

6

Union

26

United Kingdom

6

TAC

 

32

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Ling

 

 

Zone:

6, 7, 8, 9 and 10; international waters of 12 and 14

 

Molva molva

 

 

 

(LIN/6X14.)

Belgium

 

54

(1)

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Denmark

10

(1)

Germany

196

(1)

Ireland

1 059

(1)

Spain

3 965

(1)

France

4 226

(1)

Portugal

10

(1)

Union

9 520

(1)

Norway

0

(2)(3)(4)

Faroe Islands

0

(5)(6)

United Kingdom

5 532

(1)

TAC

 

15 052

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Special condition: of which up to 40 % may be fished in United Kingdom and Union waters of 4 (LIN/*04-C.).

(2)

Special condition: of which an incidental catch of other species of 25 % per vessel, at any moment, is authorised in 5b, 6 and 7. However, this percentage may be exceeded in the first 24 hours following the beginning of the fishing on a specific ground. The total incidental catch of other species in 5b, 6 and 7 shall not exceed the amount below in tonnes (OTH/*6X14.): 0. By-catch of cod under this provision in area 6a may not be more than 5 %.

(3)

Including tusk. The quotas for Norway shall only be fished with long-lines in 5b, 6 and 7, and they amount to:

Ling (LIN/*5B67-)

0

Tusk (USK/*5B67-)

0

(4)

The ling and tusk quotas for Norway are interchangeable up to the following amount, in tonnes: 0:

(5)

Including tusk. To be fished in 6a north of 56°30' N and 6b (LIN/*6BAN.).

(6)

Special condition: of which an incidental catch of other species of 20 % per vessel, at any moment, is authorised in 6a and 6b. However, this percentage may be exceeded in the first 24 hours following the beginning of the fishing on a specific ground. The total incidental catch of other species in 6a and 6b shall not exceed the following amount in tonnes (OTH/*6AB.): 0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Norway lobster

 

Zone:

United Kingdom and Union waters of 4; United Kingdom waters of 2a

 

Nephrops norvegicus

 

 

 

(NEP/2AC4-C)

 

Belgium

 

1 269

Analytical TAC

 

 

Denmark

1 269

Article 8(2) of this Regulation applies

Germany

19

France

37

Netherlands

653

Union

3 247

United Kingdom

21 021

TAC

 

24 268

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Norway lobster

 

Zone:

6; United Kingdom and international waters of 5b

 

Nephrops norvegicus

 

 

 

(NEP/5BC6.)

 

Spain

 

24

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

96

Ireland

160

Union

280

United Kingdom

11 582

TAC

11 862

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Norway lobster

 

Zone:

7

 

 

 

Nephrops norvegicus

 

 

 

(NEP/07.)

 

 

Spain

 

924

(1)

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

3 746

(1)

Ireland

5 682

(1)

Union

10 352

(1)

United Kingdom

6 686

(1)

TAC

 

17 038

(1)

 

 

 

 

(1)

Special condition: within the limits of the abovementioned quotas, no more than the quantities given below may be taken in the following zone:

 

Functional Unit 16 of ICES Subarea 7 (NEP/*07U16)

Spain

846

France

530

Ireland

1 016

Union

2 392

United Kingdom

412

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Northern prawn

 

Zone:

United Kingdom and Union waters of 4; United Kingdom waters of 2a

 

Pandalus borealis

 

 

 

(PRA/2AC4-C)

 

Denmark

 

735

(1)

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Netherlands

7

(1)

Sweden

30

(1)

Union

772

(1)

United Kingdom

218

(1)

TAC

 

990

 (1)

 

 

 

 

(1)

Exclusively for by-catches. No directed fisheries for Northern prawn are permitted under this quota.

Species:

Plaice

 

 

Zone:

6; United Kingdom and international waters of 5b; international waters of 12 and 14

Pleuronectes platessa

 

 

 

 

 

(PLE/56-14)

 

 

France

 

18

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Ireland

240

Union

258

United Kingdom

400

TAC

 

658

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Plaice

 

 

Zone:

7a

 

 

 

Pleuronectes platessa

 

 

 

(PLE/07A.)

 

 

Belgium

119

Analytical TAC

France

52

Article 8(2) of this Regulation applies

Ireland

929

Netherlands

36

Union

1 136

United Kingdom

1 404

TAC

 

2 747

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Plaice

 

 

Zone:

7d and 7e

 

 

 

Pleuronectes platessa

 

 

 

(PLE/7DE.)

 

 

Belgium

1 310

Analytical TAC

France

4 366

Article 8(2) of this Regulation applies

Union

5 676

United Kingdom

2 717

TAC

 

9 138

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Plaice

 

 

Zone:

7f and 7g

 

 

 

Pleuronectes platessa

 

 

 

(PLE/7FG.)

 

 

Belgium

379

Precautionary TAC

France

686

Article 8(2) of this Regulation applies

Ireland

105

Union

1 170

United Kingdom

441

 

TAC

 

1 735

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Plaice

 

 

Zone:

7h, 7j and 7k

 

 

 

Pleuronectes platessa

 

 

 

(PLE/7HJK.)

 

Belgium

7

(1)

Precautionary TAC

France

14

(1)

Article 9 of this Regulation applies

Ireland

47

(1)

Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 847/96 shall not apply

Netherlands

27

(1)

Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 847/96 shall not apply

Union

95

(1)

United Kingdom

19

(1)

TAC

 

114

(1)

 

 

 

 

(1)

Exclusively for by-catches. No directed fisheries for plaice are permitted under this TAC.

Species:

Pollack

 

 

Zone:

6; United Kingdom and international waters of 5b; international waters of 12 and 14

 

Pollachius pollachius

 

 

 

(POL/56-14)

 

Spain

2

Precautionary TAC

France

75

Ireland

22

Union

99

United Kingdom

57

TAC

 

156

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Pollack

 

 

Zone:

7

 

 

 

Pollachius pollachius

 

 

 

(POL/07.)

 

 

Belgium

233

(1)

Precautionary TAC

Spain

14

(1)

France

5 372

(1)

Ireland

572

(1)

Union

6 191

(1)

United Kingdom

1 821

(1)

TAC

 

8 012

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Special condition: of which up to 2 % may be fished in UnitedKingdom, Union and international waters of 8a, 8b, 8d and 8e (POL/*8ABDE).

 

Species:

Saithe

 

 

Zone:

7, 8, 9 and 10; Union waters of CECAF 34.1.1

 

Pollachius virens

 

 

 

(POK/7/3411)

 

Belgium

7

Precautionary TAC

France

1 433

Ireland

717

Union

2 157

United Kingdom

384

TAC

 

2 541

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Turbot and brill

 

Zone:

United Kingdom and Union waters of 4; United Kingdom waters of 2a

Scophthalmus maximus and

 

(T/B/2AC4-C)

 

Scophthalmus rhombus

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belgium

375

Precautionary TAC

Denmark

802

Article 8(2) of this Regulation applies

Germany

205

France

97

Netherlands

2 842

Sweden

6

Union

4 327

United Kingdom

1 022

TAC

 

5 487

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Skates and rays

 

Zone:

Union and United Kingdom waters of 4; United Kingdom waters of 2a

 

Rajiformes

 

 

 

(SRX/2AC4-C)

 

Belgium

 

271

(1)(2)(3)(4)

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Denmark

11

(1)(2)(3)

Germany

13

(1)(2)(3)

France

43

(1)(2)(3)(4)

Netherlands

232

(1)(2)(3)(4)

Union

570

(1)(3)

United Kingdom

1 194

(1)(2)(3)(4)

TAC

 

1 764

(3)

 

 

 

 

(1)

Catches of blonde ray (Raja brachyura) in United Kingdom and Union waters of 4 (RJH/04-C.), cuckoo ray (Leucoraja naevus) (RJN/2AC4-C), thornback ray (Raja clavata) (RJC/2AC4-C) and spotted ray (Raja montagui) (RJM/2AC4-C) shall be reported separately.

(2)

By-catch quota. These species shall not comprise more than 25 % by live weight of the catch retained on board per fishing trip. This condition applies only to vessels over 15 metres' length overall. This provision shall not apply for catches subject to the landing obligation as set out in Article 15(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 and Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013, which was retained by the United Kingdom.

(3)

Shall not apply to blonde ray (Raja brachyura) in United Kingdom waters of 2a and small-eyed ray (Raja microocellata) in United Kingdom and Union waters of 2a and 4. When accidentally caught, these species shall not be harmed. Specimens shall be promptly released. Fishermen shall be encouraged to develop and use techniques and equipment to facilitate the rapid and safe release of the species.

(4)

Special condition: of which up to 10 % may be fished in 7d (SRX/*07D2.), without prejudice to the prohibitions set out in Articles 18 and 56 of this Regulation and in the relevant provisions of the United Kingdom law for the areas specified therein. Catches of blonde ray (Raja brachyura) (RJH/*07D2.), cuckoo ray (Leucoraja naevus) (RJN/*07D2.), thornback ray (Raja clavata) (RJC/*07D2.) and spotted ray (Raja montagui) (RJM/*07D2.) shall be reported separately. This special condition shall not apply to small-eyed ray (Raja microocellata) and undulate ray (Raja undulata).

Species:

Skates and rays

 

Zone:

Union waters of 3a

 

 

Rajiformes

 

 

 

(SRX/03A-C.)

 

Denmark

 

37

(1)

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Sweden

11

(1)

Union

48

(1)

TAC

 

48

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Catches of cuckoo ray (Leucoraja naevus) (RJN/03A-C.), blonde ray (Raja brachyura) (RJH/03A-C.) and spotted ray (Raja montagui) (RJM/03A-C.) shall be reported separately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Skates and rays

 

Zone:

United Kingdom and Union waters of 6a, 6b, 7a-c and 7e-k

 

Rajiformes

 

 

 

(SRX/67AKXD)

 

Belgium

 

814

(1)(2)(3)(4)

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Estonia

5

(1)(2)(3)(4)

France

3 656

(1)(2)(3)(4)

Germany

11

(1)(2)(3)(4)

Ireland

1 177

(1)(2)(3)(4)

Lithuania

19

(1)(2)(3)(4)

Netherlands

3

(1)(2)(3)(4)

Portugal

20

(1)(2)(3)(4)

Spain

984

(1)(2)(3)(4)

Union

6 689

(1)(2)(3)(4)

United Kingdom

2 793

(1)(2)(3)(4)

TAC

 

9 482

(3)(4)

 

 

 

 

(1)

Catches of cuckoo ray (Leucoraja naevus) (RJN/67AKXD), thornback ray (Raja clavata) (RJC/67AKXD), blonde ray (Raja brachyura) (RJH/67AKXD), spotted ray (Raja montagui) (RJM/67AKXD), sandy ray (Raja circularis) (RJI/67AKXD) and shagreen ray (Raja fullonica) (RJF/67AKXD) shall be reported separately

(2)

Special condition: of which up to 5 % may be fished in 7d (SRX/*07D.), without prejudice to the prohibitions set out in Articles 18 and 56 of this Regulation for the areas specified therein. Catches of cuckoo ray (Leucoraja naevus) (RJN/*07D.), thornback ray (Raja clavata) (RJC/*07D.), blonde ray (Raja brachyura) (RJH/*07D.), spotted ray (Raja montagui) (RJM/*07D.), sandy ray (Raja circularis) (RJI/*07D.) and shagreen ray (Raja fullonica) (RJF/*07D.) shall be reported separately. This special condition shall not apply to small-eyed ray (Raja microocellata) and undulate ray (Raja undulata).

(3)

Shall not apply to small-eyed ray (Raja microocellata), except in 7f and 7g. When accidentally caught, this species shall not be harmed. Specimens shall be promptly released. Fishermen shall be encouraged to develop and use techniques and equipment to facilitate the rapid and safe release of the species. Within the limits of the abovementioned quotas, no more than the quantities of small-eyed ray in areas 7f and 7g (RJE/7FG.) provided below may be taken:

Species:

Small-eyed ray

Zone:

7f and 7g

 

 

 

Raja microocellata

 

(RJE/7FG.)

 

 

Belgium

8

 

Precautionary TAC

Estonia

0

France

36

Germany

0

Ireland

12

Lithuania

0

Netherlands

0

Portugal

0