Brussels, 7.11.2018

COM(2018) 732 final

2018/0380(NLE)

Proposal for a

COUNCIL REGULATION

fixing for 2019 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

All fishing opportunities regulations must limit the harvesting of the fish stocks to levels which must be consistent with the overall objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). In this respect, Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Common Fisheries Policy (“the Basic Regulation”) sets out the objectives for the annual proposals for catch and fishing effort limitations to ensure that Union fisheries are ecologically, economically and socially sustainable.

The fishing opportunities exercise represents an annual management cycle (biennial in the case of deep sea stocks). However, this does not stand in the way of the introduction of long-term management approaches. The multiannual plan for the North Sea had been adopted by the European Parliament and the Council and was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 4 July 2018. On 23 March 2018 the Commission submitted a Proposal for a multiannual plan for the Western Waters 1 , which is currently being examined by the European Parliament and the Council.

This proposal contains fishing opportunities that the Union establishes autonomously. However, it also features fishing opportunities resulting from multilateral or bilateral fisheries consultations. The outcome is implemented by providing for internal allocation among Member States on the principle of relative stability.

Thus this proposal covers, apart from autonomous Union stocks:

·Shared stocks, i.e. stocks that are jointly managed with Norway in the North Sea and the Skagerrak, or related to North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) Coastal State consultations;

·Fishing opportunities resulting from agreements reached in the framework of Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs).

A number of fishing opportunities are marked as "pm" (pro memoria) in this proposal. This is due to the fact that:

the advice on some stocks is not available at the time when the proposal is adopted; or

certain catch limitations and other recommendations from the relevant RFMOs are pending because their annual meetings have not taken place yet; or

for some stocks in Greenland waters, as well as shared stocks or stocks exchanged with Norway and other third countries, the figures are not available yet, pending the conclusion of consultations in November and December 2018 with those countries; or

for a few TACs the advice has been received, but the evaluation is still ongoing.

Approach for setting fishing opportunities

As usual, the Commission has reviewed the situation to which the fishing opportunities proposals must respond via its annual Communication from the Commission concerning a consultation on Fishing Opportunities (COM(2018)452), hereinafter "Communication"). The Communication provides an overview of the state of the stocks based on the findings of the scientific advice available and explains the process for establishing fishing opportunities.

In response to the Commission's request, the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) provided on 29 June 2018 its annual advice on most fish stocks covered by this proposal.

Scientific advice delivered by ICES is essentially dependent on data: only stocks for which there is sufficient and reliable data can be fully assessed, so that stock size estimates are produced, as well as a forecast of how they will react to the various exploitation scenarios (this is referred to as "catch options tables"). Where sufficient data is available, the scientific bodies are able to provide estimates of adjustments to the fishing opportunities that will bring the stock to produce its maximum sustainable yield (MSY). The advice is then referred to as "MSY advice". In other cases, the scientific bodies rely on the precautionary approach to make recommendations as to what the level of fishing opportunities should be. The methodology followed by ICES to that end is presented in ICES published material pertaining to the implementation of advice for data limited stocks 2 .

All the proposed fishing opportunities respond to the scientific advice received by the Commission as to the state of the stocks, which has been used in the manner outlined in the Communication.

Landing obligation introduced by Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013

The landing obligation introduced by the Basic Regulation of the CFP was introduced progressively from 2015 to 2019. In 2019 all stocks under catch limits will be subject to the landing obligation. Certain exceptions from the landing obligation provided for in the Basic Regulation may apply. On the basis of the joint recommendations submitted by the Member States, the Commission adopted Delegated Regulations laying down specific discard plans, which allow limited quantities of discards to occur on the basis of de minimis or high survivability exemptions.

With the introduction of the landing obligation, and in accordance with Article 16(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013, the fishing opportunities proposed have to reflect the change from amount landed to amount caught, taking into account that discards are no longer allowed. This is done on the basis of the received scientific advice for the fish stocks in fisheries referred to in Article 15(1) of the Basic Regulation of the CFP. The fishing opportunities should also be fixed in accordance with other relevant provisions, i.e. Articles 16(1) (referring to the principle of relative stability) and 16(4) (referring to the objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy and the rules provided for in multiannual plans).

As a consequence, to take account of the full application of the landing obligation as from 1 January 2019, the Commission will propose TACs on the basis of catch advice instead of previously used landings advice. The proposed TACs will take account of the fact that certain limited discards on the basis of established exemptions will occur, and thus will not be landed and counted against the quotas. Therefore, these amounts are deducted from the catch-based TACs.

ICES has issued scientific advice for zero catch in 2019 for five stocks (West of Scotland cod and whiting, Irish Sea whiting, cod in the Celtic Sea and plaice Celtic Sea South, southwest of Ireland). For three of them the TACs have been set at zero for a number of years. However, despite removing possibilities for targeted fisheries, that management approach has not delivered the desired conservation effect ensuring the recovery of the stocks concerned. It has merely led to increased discards.

If the approach of setting TACs at zero is applied in 2019, the implementation of the full landing obligation in mixed fisheries where by-catches of the five above-mentioned stocks occur and the existing flexibilities cannot be applied leads to the phenomenon of “choke species”. Advisory Councils and Member States regional groups working together have developed a so-called “choke mitigation tool”. By using this tool, the stakeholders have examined whether the available measures and flexibilities, such as increasing selectivity, arranging quota swaps, applying inter-species flexibility etc., would alleviate situations where, due to zero or very low TACs, mixed fisheries would not be able to continue. While solutions have been identified for a number of stocks, management decisions at EU level have to be taken for the five stocks with the zero catch advice. These decisions have to strike the right balance between continuing fisheries in view of the potentially severe socio-economic implications of an interruption and the need to achieve a good biological status for those stocks.

Therefore, taking into account the difficulty of fishing all stocks in a mixed fishery at maximum sustainable yield at the same time, by-catch only TACs for those stocks should be established at a level that allows mixed fisheries to continue, while ensuring that the fishing mortality does not increase. These TACs should thus be based on the best available scientific advice on former discard levels as included in the ICES advice, as the best available proxy for unavoidable catches. In addition, in order to achieve a good biological status for those stocks and to provide incentives for further developing and deploying selectivity and avoidance measures, these levels should be significantly decreased. For the stock of the Celtic Sea cod, the TAC level should take into account the ICES advice on unavoidable by-catches (ICES is not able to issue such advice for other stocks).

Member States should as from 2019 implement multiannual by-catch reduction plans in the relevant fisheries with a view to reduce progressively unwanted catches of the stocks concerned by taking national measures, by applying measures included in existing discard plans, and, where appropriate, by cooperating at regional level in order to submit joint recommendations to the Commission in 2019. These by-catch reduction plans should be evaluated by STECF and reviewed two years after their entry into application. In addition, all vessels benefitting from these specific TACs should implement full catch documentation as from 2019.

Member States should agree on a shared management of those by-catch TACs. That management should aim at ensuring a level playing field among Union operators, take account of the facts that fleets without available quota for their by-catches would not be able to catch their targeted species and that quota needs for unavoidable by-catches may differ significantly from catches in directed fisheries for those species.

Inter-annual flexibility

Finally, the links between the Basic Regulation of the CFP and Council Regulation (EC) No 847/96 must be considered. The latter establishes additional conditions for year-to-year management of TACs, including flexibility provisions under Articles 3 and 4 for precautionary and analytical stocks respectively. Under its Article 2, when fixing the TACs, the Council is to decide to which stocks Articles 3 and 4 shall not apply, in particular on the basis of the biological status of the stocks. More recently, another flexibility mechanism was introduced by Article 15(9) of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013. Therefore, in order to avoid excessive flexibility that would undermine the principle of rational and responsible exploitation of living marine biological resources and hinder the achievement of the objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy, it should be clarified that Article 3 and 4 of Regulation (EC) No 847/96 cannot apply in addition to the year-to-year flexibility provided for in Article 15(9) of Regulation 1380/2013.

Measures on European eel

The measures for European eel will be established following the scientific advice by ICES after the full analysis of that advice has been made. The scientific advice for the southern European seabass stock will be released on 7 November 2018.

Measures on sea bass

According to scientific advice, European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax) in the Celtic Sea, Channel, Irish Sea and southern North Sea (ICES divisions 4b, 4c and 7a, 7d–7h) remains in a perilous state. Spawning–stock biomass has been declining since 2005 and is now below Blim. Fishing mortality has increased over the time-series, peaking in 2013 before a rapid decline to below FMSY. Recruitment was estimated to be poor since 2008, with the exception of the 2013 and 2014 year-class estimates which show average recruitment. ICES advise that when the MSY approach is applied, total removals in 2019 should be no more than 1789 tonnes. Therefore, it is appropriate to continue the set of measures for unavoidable by-catches of European seabass. In line with the scientific advice from ICES, higher catches could be allowed for hooks and lines fishery for this species. Measures for managing recreational fisheries for European seabass should be adapted, while taking account of significant impact of such fisheries on the stocks concerned.

Consistency with existing policy provisions in the policy area

The measures proposed are designed in accordance with the objectives and the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy 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 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 Basic Regulation of the CFP.

Subsidiarity (for non-exclusive competence)

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

Proportionality

The proposal complies with the proportionality principle for the following reason: the CFP is a common policy. According to Article 43(3) of the Treaty it is incumbent upon the Council to adopt the measures on the fixing and allocation of fishing opportunities.

The proposed Council Regulation allocates fishing opportunities to Member States. Having regard to Articles 16 and 17 of the Basic Regulation, Member States then proceed to allocate in turn such opportunities among regions or operators as they see fit. Therefore, Member States have ample room for manoeuvre on decisions related to the social/economic model of their choice to exploit their allocated fishing opportunities.

The proposal has no new financial implications for Member States. This Regulation is adopted by the Council every year, and the public and private means to implement it are already in place.

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

The fishing opportunities regulation is revised several times per year to introduce the necessary changes to reflect the most recent scientific advice and other developments.

Stakeholder consultations

(a)Consultation methods, main sectors targeted and general profile of respondents

The Commission has consulted stakeholders, in particular through the Advisory Councils (ACs), and Member States on its proposed approach to its various fishing opportunities proposals on the basis of its Communication on Fishing Opportunities for 2019.

In addition, the Commission has followed the orientations outlined in its Communication to the Council and European Parliament on improving consultation on Community fisheries management (COM(2006)246 final), which sets out the principles for the so-called "front-loading process".

(b)Summary of responses and how they were taken into account

The response to the Commission Communication on Fishing Opportunities mentioned above reflects the views of stakeholders on the evaluation made by the Commission of the state of the resources and how to ensure the appropriate management response. These responses have been considered by the Commission when formulating the Proposal.

Collection and use of expertise

As for the methodology used, the Commission consulted, as already noted, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). Advice from ICES is based on an advice framework developed by its expert groups and decision-making bodies and issued in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding agreed with the Commission.

The ultimate objective is to bring and maintain the stocks to levels that can deliver Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY). This objective has been incorporated expressly in the Basic Regulation of the CFP, in particular its Article 2(2) stating that this objective “shall be achieved by 2015 where possible, and […] by 2020 for all stocks". This reflects the commitment taken by the Union regarding the conclusions of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg and its related Plan of Implementation. As already noted, for some stocks information on maximum sustainable yield levels is indeed available. Among these, there are very important stocks in terms of volume of catches and commercial value such as hake, cod, anglerfish, sole, megrims, haddock and Norway lobster.

The multiannual plan for the fisheries in the North Sea has entered into force this year. In accordance with that plan, the fishing opportunities are to be fixed in accordance with the targets of the plan and for the stocks listed in Article 1 of that Plan are to comply with Fmsy ranges. In cases when the stock's biomass is below the reference points established in the plan, the fishing opportunities are to be fixed at a level corresponding to the fishing mortality that is reduced proportionally taking into account the decrease of the stock's biomass.

Reaching the MSY objective may, in certain cases, need a reduction in fishing mortality rates and/or a reduction in catches. Against this background, this proposal makes use of the MSY advice, where available. In line with the objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy, where TACs are proposed on the basis of MSY advice, the TAC corresponds to the level which, according to that advice, would ensure delivery of the MSY objective in 2019. This approach follows the principles presented in the Communication on fishing opportunities for 2019.

For data-limited stocks, the scientific advisory bodies issue recommendations as to whether to reduce, stabilise or allow catches to increase. ICES advice has in many cases provided quantitative guidance about such variations, based on their methodology of a +/- 20% maximum change in catches from one year to the other, on precautionary grounds. This guidance has been used to set the TACs proposed. Where there is no scientific advice at all, the precautionary approach has been followed, meaning precautionary TAC reductions by 20%.

For some stocks (mainly widely distributed stocks, sharks and rays) the advice will be issued in the autumn. This proposal will need to be updated as appropriate once that advice is received. Finally, as mentioned above, for certain stocks the advice is used for the purpose of implementing management plans.

Impact assessment

The scope of the fishing opportunities regulation is circumscribed by Article 43(3) of the Treaty.

The proposal seeks to avoid short-term approaches in favour of long-term sustainability decisions, and hence it takes into account initiatives from stakeholders and Advisory Councils if they have been positively reviewed by ICES and/or STECF. Furthermore, the Commission's CFP reform proposal was duly developed on the basis of an impact assessment (SEC(2011)891) in the context of which the MSY objective was analysed. Its conclusions identify this objective as a necessary condition to achieve environmental, economic and social sustainability.

As regards RFMO fishing opportunities and stocks which are shared with third countries, 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 in the framework of which the Union's fishing opportunities are agreed with third parties.

Regulatory fitness and simplification

The proposal provides for simplification of administrative procedures for public authorities (Union or national), in particular as regards requirements regarding the effort management.

Fundamental rights

Not applicable

4.BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS

The proposed measures will have no budgetary implications.

5.OTHER ELEMENTS

Implementation plans and monitoring, evaluation and reporting arrangements

The provisions of the Regulation will be implemented and the compliance will be controlled in accordance with the existing Common Fisheries Policy.

2018/0380 (NLE)

Proposal for a

COUNCIL REGULATION

fixing for 2019 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)Article 43(3) of the Treaty provides that the Council, on a proposal from the Commission, is to adopt measures on the fixing and allocation of fishing opportunities.

(2)Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council 3 requires that conservation measures be adopted taking into account available scientific, technical and economic advice, including, where relevant, reports drawn up by the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) and other advisory bodies, as well as any advice received from Advisory Councils.

(3)It is incumbent upon the Council to adopt measures on the fixing and allocation of fishing opportunities, including certain conditions functionally linked thereto, as appropriate. In accordance with Article 16(4) of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013, fishing opportunities should be fixed in accordance with the objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) established in Article 2(2) of that Regulation. In accordance with Article 16(1) of that Regulation, fishing opportunities should be allocated to Member States in such a way as to ensure relative stability of fishing activities of each Member State for each fish stock or fishery.

(4)The total allowable catch (TAC) should therefore be established, in line with Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013, on the basis of available scientific advice, taking into account biological and socioeconomic aspects whilst ensuring fair treatment between fishing sectors, as well as in the light of the opinions expressed during the consultation of stakeholders, in particular at the meetings of the Advisory Councils.

(5)In accordance with Article 15 of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013, the full landing obligation is to apply at the latest from 1 January 2019. When a fishery falls under the landing obligation, all species in that fishery subject to catch limits should be landed. Article 16(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 provides that, when the landing obligation in respect of a fish stock is introduced, fishing opportunities are to be fixed taking into account the change from fixing fishing opportunities that reflect landings to fixing fishing opportunities that reflect catches. On the basis of the joint recommendations submitted by the Member States and in accordance with Article 15 of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013, the Commission adopted a number of delegated Regulations laying down details for the implementation of the landing obligation in the form of specific discard plans applicable on a temporary basis for a maximum period of three years.

(6)The fishing opportunities for stocks of species falling under the landing obligation from 1 January 2019 should take into account the fact that discarding will in principle no longer be allowed. Therefore, the fishing opportunities should be based on the advice figure for total catches (instead of the advice figure for total landings), as provided by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). 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.

(7)There are certain stocks for which ICES has issued scientific advice for no catches. If the TACs for those stocks are set at the level indicated in the scientific advice, the obligation to land all catches in mixed fisheries with by-catches from these stocks would lead to the phenomenon of “choke species”. In order to strike the right balance between continuing fisheries in view of the potentially severe socio-economic implications, and the need to achieve a good biological status for those stocks, taking into account the difficulty of fishing all stocks in a mixed fishery at maximum sustainable yield at the same time, it is appropriate to establish specific TACs for by-catches for those stocks. The level of these TACs should be such that mortality for these stocks is not increased and that provides incentives for improvements in selectivity and avoidance. Member States should agree on a shared management of those TACs, taking into account their unavoidable by-catches from the stocks concerned and other relevant criteria.

(8)In order to progressively reduce unwanted catches of the stocks concerned, Member States should as from 2019 implement multi-annual by-catch reduction plans in the relevant fisheries with a view to progressively reduce unwanted catches of the stocks concerned by taking national measures and, where appropriate, by cooperating at regional level in order to submit joint recommendations to the Commission in 2019. These by-catch reduction plans are to be evaluated by STECF and reviewed two years after their entry into application. In addition, all vessels benefitting from these specific TACs should implement full catch documentation as from 2019.

(9)According to scientific advice, European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax) in the Celtic Sea, Channel, Irish Sea and southern North Sea (ICES divisions 4b, 4c and 7a, 7d–7h) remains in a perilous state. Spawning–stock biomass has been declining since 2005 and is now below Blim. Fishing mortality has increased over the time-series, peaking in 2013 before a rapid decline to below FMSY. Recruitment was estimated to be poor since 2008, with the exception of the 2013 and 2014 year-class estimates which show average recruitment. ICES advise that when the MSY approach is applied, total removals in 2019 should be no more than 1789 tonnes. Therefore, it is appropriate to continue the set of measures for unavoidable by-catches of European seabass. In line with the scientific advice from ICES, higher catches could be allowed for hooks and lines fishery for this species. Measures for managing recreational fisheries for European seabass should be adapted, while taking account of significant impact of such fisheries on the stocks concerned.

(10)[The measures for European eel (Anguilla anguilla) will be included in the Commission Proposal at a later stage, following the release of the scientific advice on 7 November 2019]

(11)For some years, certain TACs for stocks of elasmobranchs (skates, sharks, rays) have been set at zero, with a linked provision establishing an obligation to immediately release accidental catches. The reason for that specific treatment was the poor conservation status of those stocks and the assumption that discarding, because high survival rates, would not raise fishing mortality rates and would be beneficial for the conservation of those species. As of 1 January 2019, however, catches of those species have to be landed, unless they are covered by any of the derogations from the landing obligation provided for in Article 15 of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013. Article 15(4)(a) of that Regulation allows such derogations for species in respect of which fishing is prohibited and which are identified as such in a Union legal act adopted in the area of the CFP. Therefore, it is appropriate to prohibit the fishing of those species in the areas concerned.

(12)Pursuant to Article 16(4) of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013, for stocks subject to specific multiannual plans the TACs should be established in accordance with the rules laid down in those plans.

(13)The North Sea multiannual plan was established by Regulation (EU) 2018/973 of the European Parliament and of the Council 4 and entered into force in 2018. Fishing opportunities for stocks listed in Article 1 of that Plan should be established in accordance with targets (ranges of Fmsy) and safeguards provided for in that Plan. Fishing opportunities for by-catch stocks in the North Sea should be established in accordance with the precautionary approach, as set out in Article 5(2) of Regulation (EU) 2018/973.

(14)The TACs for stocks of sole in the Western Channel and of bluefin tuna in the Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean should be established in accordance with the rules laid down Council Regulation (EC) No 509/2007 5 and Regulation (EU) 2016/1627 6 of the European Parliament and of the Council. The objective for the Southern hake stock as set out in Council Regulation (EC) No 2166/2005 7 is to rebuild the biomass of the stocks concerned to the level within safe biological limits, while staying in line with the scientific data. In accordance with scientific advice, in the absence of definitive data on a target spawning stock biomass and while taking into account changes in safe biological limits, it is appropriate, in order to contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the CFP, to fix the TAC on the basis of the maximum sustainable yield advice provided by ICES.

(15)As a result of a benchmark exercise on the stock of herring to the west of Scotland, ICES has provided advice for the combined herring stocks in Divisions 6a, 7b and 7c (West of Scotland, West of Ireland). The advice covers two separate TACs (for 6aS, 7b and 7c on the one hand, and for 5b, 6b and 6aN on the other). According to ICES, a rebuilding plan has to be developed for those stocks. Since, according to scientific advice, the management plan for the northern stock 8 cannot be applied to the combined stocks and it is not possible to set separate fishing opportunities for those two stocks, a TAC should be established to permit limited catches in a commercially operated scientific sampling programme.

(16)For stocks for which there is no sufficient or reliable data in order to provide size estimates, management measures and TAC levels should follow the precautionary approach to fisheries management as defined in Article 4(1)(8) of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013, while taking into account stockspecific factors, including, in particular, available information on stock trends and mixed fisheries considerations.

(17)Council Regulation (EC) No 847/96 9 introduced additional conditions for yeartoyear management of TACs including, under Articles 3 and 4 of that Regulation, flexibility provisions for precautionary and analytical TACs. Under Article 2 of that Regulation, when fixing the TACs, the Council is to decide to which stocks Article 3 or 4 of that Regulation is not to apply, in particular on the basis of the biological status of the stocks. More recently, the yeartoyear flexibility mechanism was introduced by Article 15(9) of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 for all stocks that are subject to the landing obligation. Therefore, in order to avoid excessive flexibility that would undermine the principle of rational and responsible exploitation of marine biological resources, hinder the achievement of the objectives of the CFP and deteriorate the biological status of the stocks, it should be established that Articles 3 and 4 of Regulation (EC) No 847/96 apply to analytical TACs only where the yeartoyear flexibility provided for in Article 15(9) of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 is not used.

(18)Where a TAC relating to a stock is allocated to one Member State only, it is appropriate to empower that Member State in accordance with Article 2(1) of the Treaty to determine the level of such TAC. Provisions should be made to ensure that, when fixing that TAC level, the Member State concerned acts in a manner fully consistent with the principles and rules of the CFP.

(19)It is necessary to establish the fishing effort ceilings for 2019 in accordance with Article 5 of Regulation (EC) No 509/2007, and Articles 5, 6, 7 and 9 of, and Annex I to, Regulation (EU) 2016/1627.

(20)In order to guarantee full use of fishing opportunities, it is appropriate to allow for the implementation of a flexible arrangement between certain TAC areas where the same biological stock is concerned.

(21)For certain species, such as certain species of sharks, even a limited fishing activity could result in a serious conservation risk. Fishing opportunities for such species should therefore be fully restricted through a general prohibition on fishing those species.

(22)At the 12th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, held in Manila from 23 to 28 October 2017, a number of species were added to the lists of protected species in Appendices I and II of the Convention. Therefore, it is appropriate to provide for the protection of those species with respect to Union fishing vessels fishing in all waters and nonUnion fishing vessels fishing in Union waters.

(23)The use of fishing opportunities available to Union fishing vessels set out in this Regulation is subject to Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009 10 , and in particular to Articles 33 and 34 of that Regulation, concerning the recording of catches and fishing effort and the notification of data on the exhaustion of fishing opportunities. It is therefore necessary to specify the codes to be used by Member States when sending data to the Commission relating to landings of stocks subject to this Regulation.

(24)It is appropriate, following advice from the ICES, to maintain a specific system to manage sandeel and associated bycatches in Union waters of ICES divisions 2a and 3a and ICES subarea 4. Given that the ICES scientific advice is expected to become available only in February 2019, it is appropriate to set the TAC and quotas for that stock provisionally at zero until such advice is released.

(25)In accordance with the procedure provided for in the agreements or protocols on fisheries relations with Norway 11 and the Faroe Islands 12 , the Union has held consultations on fishing rights with those partners. In accordance with the procedure provided for in the agreement and protocol on fisheries relations with Greenland 13 , the Joint Committee has established the level of fishing opportunities available for the Union in Greenland waters in 2019. It is therefore necessary to include those fishing opportunities in this Regulation.

(26)At its annual meeting in 2018, the NorthEast Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) adopted conservation measures for the two redfish stocks in the Irminger Sea. Those measures should be implemented in Union law.

[The recital, the relevant articles and annexes will be updated after the annual meeting]

(27)At its annual meeting in 2017, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) maintained at the same level the TACs for South Atlantic albacore and for yellowfin tuna. The ICCAT Commission also adopted TAC increases for Eastern and Mediterranean bluefin tuna and Northern albacore. The 2018 TAC for Northern albacore for Spain already reflects a deduction of 945,56 tonnes for overfishing which occurred in 2016. That overfishing was compensated at the ICCAT level by fishing opportunities from other Member States (France, Ireland, Portugal and the United Kingdom). An additional payback by Spain will therefore be needed to fully compensate those Member States.

[The recital, the relevant articles and annexes will be updated after the annual meeting]

(28)In 2018, the TAC for Mediterranean swordfish is decreased in line with the ICCAT Recommendation 1605. As it is already the case for the stock of Eastern and Mediterranean bluefin tuna, it is appropriate that catches in recreational fisheries of all other ICCAT stocks should be subject to the catch limits as adopted by the ICCAT. Furthermore, Union fishing vessels of at least 20 metres length fishing for bigeye tuna in the ICCAT Convention Area should be subject to the capacity limitations adopted by ICCAT in the ICCAT Recommendation 1501. All those measures should be implemented in the law of the Union.

[The recital, the relevant articles and annexes will be updated after the annual meeting]

(29)At its 36th annual meeting in 2017, the Parties to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) adopted catch limits for both target and bycatch species for the period from 1 December 2017 to 30 November 2018. The uptake of the quotas during 2017 should be considered when setting fishing opportunities for 2018.

[The recital, the relevant articles and annexes will be updated after the annual meeting]

(30)At its annual meeting in 2017, the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) adopted new catch limits for yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) that do not affect the Union catch limits in IOTC. It also reduced possibilities for using fishaggregating devices (FADs) and supply vessels. Those provisions were not revised at its annual meeting in 2018 and should thus continue being implemented in the law of the Union.

(31)The annual meeting of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) will be held on 23-27 January 2019. It is appropriate that the current measures in the SPRFMO Convention Area are provisionally maintained until such annual meeting is held.

(32)At its annual meeting in 2017, the InterAmerican Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) adopted a conservation measure for yellowfin tuna, bigeye tuna and skipjack tuna for 20182020. It was not revised at its annual meeting in 2018 and should thus continue being implemented in the law of the Union.

(33)At its annual meeting in 2017, the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) confirmed the TAC for the Southern bluefin tuna for the period 20182020 adopted at the annual meeting in 2016. The currently applicable measures on allocation of fishing opportunities adopted by CCSBT should be implemented in the law of the Union.

[The recital, the relevant articles and annexes will be updated after the annual meeting]

(34)At its annual meeting in 2017, the South East Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (SEAFO) did not amend the conservation measure for biennial TACs for Patagonian toothfish, deep sea red crab, alfonsinos and pelagic armourhead adopted in 2016. The conservation measure for the biennial TAC for orange roughy in Division B1 was not revised and remains in force in 2018. The currently applicable measures on allocation of fishing opportunities adopted by SEAFO should be implemented in the law of the Union.

[The recital, the relevant articles and annexes will be updated after the annual meeting]

(35)At its 14th annual meeting, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) adopted conservation and management measures for tropical tunas. Those measures should be implemented in the law of the Union.

[The recital, the relevant articles and annexes will be updated after the annual meeting]

(36)At its 40th annual meeting in 2018, the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (NAFO) adopted a number of fishing opportunities for 2019 for certain stocks in Subareas 14 of the NAFO Convention Area. Those measures should be implemented in the law of the Union.

(37)At its 40th annual meeting in 2016, the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) adopted catch and effort limits for certain small pelagic stocks for the years 2017 and 2018 in the geographical subareas 17 and 18 (Adriatic Sea) of the GFCM Agreement Area. Those measures should be implemented in the law of the Union. The maximum catch limits established in Annex IL are fixed exclusively for one year and without prejudice to any other measures adopted in the future and any possible allocation scheme between Member States.

[The recital, the relevant articles and annexes will be updated after the annual meeting]

(38)Taking into account the particularities of the Slovenian fleet and their marginal impact on the stocks of small pelagic species, it is appropriate to preserve the existing fishing patterns and to ensure access of the Slovenian fleet to a minimum quantity of small pelagic species.

(39)The 5th Meeting of the Parties of the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA) in 2018 adopted conservation and management measures for the stocks under the scope of the Agreement. Those measures should be implemented in the law of the Union.

(40)Certain international measures which create or restrict fishing opportunities for the Union are adopted by the relevant Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) at the end of the year and become applicable before the entry into force of this Regulation. It is therefore necessary for the provisions that implement such measures in the law of the Union to apply retroactively. In particular, since the fishing season in CCAMLR Convention Area runs from 1 December to 30 November, and thus certain fishing opportunities or prohibitions in the CCAMLR Convention Area are laid down for a period of time starting from 1 December 2017, it is appropriate that the relevant provisions of this Regulation apply from that date. Such retroactive application does not prejudice the principle of legitimate expectations as CCAMLR members are forbidden to fish in the CCAMLR Convention Area without authorisation.

[The recital, the relevant articles and annexes will be updated after the annual meeting]

(41)As regards the fishing opportunities for snow crab around the area of Svalbard, the Treaty of Paris of 1920 grants equal and nondiscriminatory access to resources for all parties to that Treaty, including with respect to fishing. The view of the Union concerning that access, as regards fishing for snow crab on the continental shelf around Svalbard, has been set out in two notes verbales to Norway dated 25 October 2016 and 24 February 2017. In order to ensure that the exploitation of snow crab within the area of Svalbard is made consistent with such nondiscriminatory management rules as may be set out by Norway, which enjoys sovereignty and jurisdiction in the area within the limits of the said Treaty, it is appropriate to fix the number of vessels that are authorised to conduct such fishery. The allocation of such fishing opportunities among Member States is limited to 2019. It is recalled that in the Union primary responsibility for ensuring compliance with applicable law lies with the flag Member States.

(42)In accordance with the declaration by the Union addressed to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on the granting of fishing opportunities in Union waters to fishing vessels flying the flag of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of French Guiana 14 , it is necessary to fix the fishing opportunities for snapper available to Venezuela in Union waters.

(43)Given that certain provisions are to be applied on a continuous basis, and in order to avoid legal uncertainty during the period between the end of 2019 and the date of entry into force of the Regulation fixing the fishing opportunities for 2020, the provisions concerning prohibitions and closed seasons set out in this Regulation should continue to apply at the beginning of 2020, until the entry into force of the Regulation fixing the fishing opportunities for 2020.

(44)In order to ensure uniform conditions for the implementation of this Regulation, implementing powers should be conferred on the Commission as regards authorising individual Member States to manage fishing effort allocations in accordance with a kilowattday system. Those powers should be exercised in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council 15 .

(45)In order to ensure uniform conditions for the implementation of this Regulation, implementing powers should be conferred on the Commission as regards granting of additional days at sea for permanent cessation of fishing activities and for enhanced scientific observer coverage as well as establishing formats of spreadsheets for the collection and transmission of information concerning transfer of days at sea between fishing vessels flying the flag of a Member State. Those powers should be exercised in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 182/2011.

(46)In order to avoid the interruption of fishing activities and to ensure the livelihood of the fishermen of the Union, this Regulation should apply from 1 January 2019, except for the provisions concerning fishing effort limits, which should apply from 1 February 2019, and certain provisions concerning particular regions, which should have a specific date of application. For reasons of urgency, this Regulation should enter into force immediately after its publication.

(47)Fishing opportunities should be used in full compliance with Union law,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

TITLE I
GENERAL PROVISIONS

Article 1
Subject matter

1.This Regulation fixes the fishing opportunities available in Union waters and to Union fishing vessels in certain nonUnion waters, for certain fish stocks and groups of fish stocks.

2.The fishing opportunities referred to in paragraph 1 include:

(a)catch limits for the year 2019 and, where specified in this Regulation, for the year 2020;

(b)fishing effort limits for the period from 1 February 2019 to 31 January 2020, except where other periods are established for effort limits in Articles 26, 27 and 40, as well as regarding provisions on fishaggregating devices (FADs);

(c)fishing opportunities for the period from 1 December 2018 to 30 November 2019 for certain stocks in the CCAMLR Convention Area;

(d)fishing opportunities for certain stocks in the IATTC Convention Area set out in Article 28 for the periods in 2019 and 2020 specified in that Article.

Article 2
Scope

1.This Regulation shall apply to the following vessels:

(a)Union fishing vessels;

(b)thirdcountry vessels in Union waters.

2.This Regulation shall also apply to recreational fisheries where they are expressly referred to in the relevant provisions.

Article 3
Definitions

For the purposes of this Regulation, the definitions referred to in Article 4 of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 apply. In addition, the following definitions apply:

(a)‘thirdcountry vessel’ means a fishing vessel flying the flag of, and registered in, a third country;

(b)‘recreational fisheries’ means noncommercial fishing activities exploiting marine biological resources such as recreation, tourism or sport;

(c)‘international waters’ means waters falling outside the sovereignty or jurisdiction of any State;

(d)‘total allowable catch’ (TAC) means:

(i)in fisheries subject to the exemption of the landing obligation referred to in Article 15 (4) – (7) of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013, the quantity of fish that can be landed from each stock each year;

(ii)in all other fisheries, the quantity of fish that can be caught from each stock each year;

(e)‘quota’ means a proportion of the TAC allocated to the Union, a Member State or a third country;

(f)‘analytical assessments’ means quantitative evaluations of trends in a given stock, based on data about the stock’s biology and exploitation, which scientific review has indicated to be of sufficient quality to provide scientific advice on options for future catches;

(g)‘mesh size’ means the mesh size of fishing nets as determined in accordance with Commission Regulation (EC) No 517/2008 16 ;

(h)‘Union fishing fleet register’ means the register set up by the Commission in accordance with Article 24(3) of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013;

(i)‘fishing logbook’ means the logbook referred to in Article 14 of Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009.

Article 4
Fishing zones

For the purposes of this Regulation, the following zone definitions apply:

(a)ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea) zones are the geographical areas specified in Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 218/2009 17 ;

(b)‘Skagerrak’ means the geographical area bounded on the west by a line drawn from the Hanstholm lighthouse to the Lindesnes lighthouse and on the south by a line drawn from the Skagen lighthouse to the Tistlarna lighthouse and from that point to the nearest point on the Swedish coast;

(c)‘Kattegat’ means the geographical area bounded on the north by a line drawn from the Skagen lighthouse to the Tistlarna lighthouse and from that point to the nearest point on the Swedish coast and on the south by a line drawn from Hasenøre to Gnibens Spids, from Korshage to Spodsbjerg and from Gilbjerg Hoved to Kullen;

(d)‘Functional Unit 16 of ICES subarea 7’ means the geographical area bounded by rhumb lines sequentially joining the following positions:

53° 30' N 15° 00' W,

53° 30' N 11° 00' W,

51° 30' N 11° 00' W,

51° 30' N 13° 00' W,

51° 00' N 13° 00' W,

51° 00' N 15° 00' W,

53° 30' N 15° 00' W;

(e)‘Functional Unit 26 of ICES division 9a’ means the geographical area bounded by rhumb lines sequentially joining the following positions:

43° 00' N 8° 00' W,

43° 00' N 10° 00' W,

42° 00' N 10° 00' W,

42° 00' N 8° 00' W;

(f)‘Functional Unit 27 of ICES division 9a’ means the geographical area bounded by rhumb lines sequentially joining the following positions:

42° 00' N 8° 00' W,

42° 00' N 10° 00' W,

38° 30' N 10° 00' W,

38° 30' N 9° 00' W,

40° 00' N 9° 00' W,

40° 00' N 8° 00' W;

(g)‘Functional Unit 30 of ICES division 9a’ means the geographical area under the jurisdiction of Spain in the Gulf of Cádiz and in the adjacent waters of 9a;

(h)‘Gulf of Cádiz’ means the geographical area of ICES division 9a east of longitude 7º 23' 48″ W;

(i)‘CCAMLR (Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources) Convention Area’ is the geographical area defined in point (a) of Article 2 of Council Regulation (EC) No 601/2004 18 ;

(j)CECAF (Committee for Eastern Central Atlantic Fisheries) areas are the geographical areas specified in Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 216/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council 19 ;

(k)‘GFCM (General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean) geographical subareas’ are the areas defined in Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 1343/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council 20 .

(l)‘IATTC (InterAmerican Tropical Tuna Commission) Convention Area’ is the geographical area defined in the Convention for the Strengthening of the InterAmerican Tropical Tuna Commission established by the 1949 Convention between the United States of America and the Republic of Costa Rica 21 ;

(m)‘ICCAT (International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas) Convention Area’ is the geographical area defined in the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas 22 ;

(n)‘IOTC (Indian Ocean Tuna Commission) Area of Competence’ is the geographical area defined in the Agreement for the establishment of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission 23 ;

(o)NAFO (Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation) areas are the geographical areas specified in Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 217/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council 24 ;

(p)‘SEAFO (South East Atlantic Fisheries Organisation) Convention Area’ is the geographical area defined in the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Fishery Resources in the SouthEast Atlantic Ocean 25 ;

(q)‘SIOFA Agreement Area’ is the geographic area defined in the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement 26 ;

(r)‘SPRFMO (South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation) Convention Area’ is the geographical area defined in the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacific Ocean 27 ;

(s)‘WCPFC (Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission) Convention Area’ is the geographical area defined in the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean 28 ;

(t)‘high seas of the Bering Sea’ is the geographical area of the high seas of the Bering Sea beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea of the coastal States of the Bering Sea is measured;

(u)‘overlap area between IATTC and WCPFC’ is the geographical area defined by the following limits:

longitude 150º W,

longitude 130º W,

latitude 4º S,

latitude 50º S.

TITLE II
FISHING OPPORTUNITIES

FOR UNION FISHING VESSELS

Chapter I
General provisions

Article 5
TACs and allocations

1.The TACs for Union fishing vessels in Union waters or certain nonUnion waters and the allocation of such TACs among Member States, and the conditions functionally linked thereto, where appropriate, are set out in Annex I.

2.Union fishing vessels shall be authorised to make catches, within the TACs set out in Annex I to this Regulation, in waters falling within the fisheries jurisdiction of the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Norway, and the fishing zone around Jan Mayen, subject to the condition set out in Article 15 of, and Annex III to, this Regulation and in Regulation (EU) 2017/2403 29 and its implementing provisions.

Article 6
TACs to be determined by Member States

1.The TACs for certain fish stocks shall be determined by the Member State concerned. Those stocks are identified in Annex I.

2.The TACs to be determined by a Member State shall:

(a)be consistent with the principles and rules of the CFP, in particular the principle of sustainable exploitation of the stock; and

(b)result:

(i)if analytical assessments are available, in the exploitation of the stock consistent with maximum sustainable yield from 2019 onwards, with as high a probability as possible; or

(ii)if analytical assessments are unavailable or incomplete, in the exploitation of the stock consistent with the precautionary approach to fisheries management.

3.By 15 March 2019, each Member State concerned shall submit the following information to the Commission:

(a)the TACs adopted;

(b)the data collected and assessed by the Member State concerned on which the TACs adopted are based;

(c)details on how the TACs adopted comply with paragraph 2.

Article 7
Conditions for landing catches and by
catches

1.Catches that are not subject to the landing obligation established in Article 15 of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 shall be retained on board or landed only if they:

(a)have been taken by vessels flying the flag of a Member State having a quota and that quota has not been exhausted; or

(b)consist of a share in a Union quota which has not been allocated by quota among Member States, and that Union quota has not been exhausted.

2.The stocks of nontarget species within safe biological limits referred to in Article 15(8) of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 are identified in Annex I to this Regulation for the purposes of the derogation from the obligation to count catches against the relevant quotas provided for in that Article.

Article 8
Fishing effort limits

For the periods referred to in Article 1(2)(b), the following fishing effort measures shall apply:

(a)Annex IIA for the recovery of hake and Norway lobster in ICES divisions 8c and 9a, with the exception of the Gulf of Cádiz;

(b)Annex IIB for the management of the sole stock in ICES division 7e.

Article 9
Measures on European seabass fisheries

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

2.By derogation from paragraph 1, in January 2019 and from 1 April to 31 December 2019, Union fishing vessels in ICES divisions 4b, 4c, 7d, 7e, 7f and 7h and in waters within 12 nautical miles from baselines under the sovereignty of the United Kingdom in ICES divisions 7a and 7g may fish for European seabass, and retain on board, tranship, relocate or land European seabass caught in that area with the following gears and within the following limits:

(a)using demersal trawls 30 , for unavoidable bycatches not exceeding 100 kilogrammes per month and 1% of the weight of the total catches of marine organisms on board caught by that vessel in any single day;

(b)using seines 31 , for unavoidable bycatches not exceeding 180 kilogrammes per month and 1% of the weight of the total catches of marine organisms on board caught by that vessel in any single day;

(c)using hooks and lines 32 , not exceeding 7 tonnes per vessel per year;

(d)using fixed gillnets 33 , for unavoidable bycatches not exceeding 1.2 tonnes per vessel per year and 1% of the weight of the total catches of marine organisms on board caught by that vessel in any single day.

The derogations set out in the first subparagraph shall apply to Union fishing vessels that have recorded catches of European seabass over the period from 1 July 2015 to 30 September 2016: in point (c) with recorded catches using hooks and lines, and in point (d) with recorded catches using fixed gillnets. In the case of a replacement of a Union fishing vessel, Member States may allow the derogation to apply to another fishing vessel provided that the number of Union fishing vessels subject to the derogation and their overall fishing capacity do not increase.

3.The catch limits set in paragraph 2 shall not be transferable between vessels and, where a monthly limit applies, from one month to another. For Union fishing vessels using more than one gear in a single calendar month, the lowest catch limit set in paragraph 2 for either gear shall apply.

Member States shall report to the Commission all catches of European seabass per type of gear not later than 15 days after the end of each month.

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

(a)from 1 January to 31 March and from 1 November and to 31 December 2019, only catch-and-release fishing allowing high rates of survivability for European seabass shall be allowed. During that period, it shall be prohibited to retain on board, relocate, tranship or land European seabass caught in that area;

(b)from 1 April to 31 October 2019, not more than one specimen of European seabass may be retained per fisherman per day.

5.In recreational fisheries in ICES divisions 8a and 8b, a maximum of three specimens of European seabass may be retained per fisherman per day.

Article 10
Measures on European eel fisheries

[The measures for European eel will be established following the scientific advice by ICES after the full analysis of that advice has been made. The scientific advice for the southern European seabass stock will be released on 7 November 2018.]

Article 11
Special provisions on allocations of fishing opportunities

1.The allocation of fishing opportunities among Member States as set out in this Regulation shall be without prejudice to:

(a)exchanges made pursuant to Article 16(8) of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013;

(b)deductions and reallocations made pursuant to Article 37 of Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009;

(c)reallocations made pursuant to Article 10(4) of Regulation (EC) No 1006/2008;

(d)additional landings allowed under Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 847/96 and Article 15(9) of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013;

(e)quantities withheld in accordance with Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 847/96 and Article 15(9) of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013;

(f)deductions made pursuant to Articles 105, 106 and 107 of Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009;

(g)quota transfers and exchanges pursuant to Article 16 of this Regulation.

2.Stocks which are subject to precautionary or analytical TACs are identified in Annex I to this Regulation for the purposes of the yeartoyear management of TACs and quotas provided for in Regulation (EC) No 847/96.

3.Except where otherwise specified in Annex I to this Regulation, Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 847/96 shall apply to stocks subject to a precautionary TAC and Article 3(2) and (3) and Article 4 of that Regulation shall apply to stocks subject to an analytical TAC.

4.Articles 3 and 4 of Regulation (EC) No 847/96 shall not apply where a Member State uses the yeartoyear flexibility provided for in Article 15(9) of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013.

Article 12
Closed fishing seasons

1.It shall be prohibited to fish or retain on board any of the following species in the Porcupine Bank during the period from 1 May to 31 May 2019: cod, megrims, anglerfish, haddock, whiting, hake, Norway lobster, plaice, pollack, saithe, skates and rays, common sole, tusk, blue ling, ling and picked dogfish.

For the purposes of this paragraph, the Porcupine Bank shall comprise the geographical area bounded by rhumb lines sequentially joining the following positions:

Point

Latitude

Longitude

1

52° 27' N

12° 19' W

2

52° 40' N

12° 30' W

3

52° 47' N

12° 39,600' W

4

52° 47' N

12° 56' W

5

52° 13,5' N

13° 53,830' W

6

51° 22' N

14° 24' W

7

51° 22' N

14° 03' W

8

52° 10' N

13° 25' W

9

52° 32' N

13° 07,500' W

10

52° 43' N

12° 55' W

11

52° 43' N

12° 43' W

12

52° 38,800' N

12° 37' W

13

52° 27' N

12° 23' W

14

52° 27' N

12° 19' W

By way of derogation from the first subparagraph, transit through the Porcupine Bank while carrying on board the species referred to in that subparagraph, shall be permitted in accordance with Article 50(3), (4) and (5) of Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009.

2.Commercial fishing for sandeel 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 2019 and from 1 August to 31 December 2019.

The prohibition set out in the first subparagraph shall also apply to thirdcountry vessels authorised to fish for sandeel and associated bycatches in Union waters of ICES subarea 4.

Article 13
Prohibitions

1.It shall be prohibited for Union fishing vessels to fish for, to retain on board, to tranship or to land the following species:

(a)starry ray (Amblyraja radiata) in Union waters of ICES divisions 2a, 3a and 7d and ICES subarea 4;

(b)white shark (Carcharodon carcharías) in all waters;

(c)leafscale gulper shark (Centrophorus squamosus) in Union waters of ICES division 2a and subarea 4 and in Union and international waters of ICES subareas 1 and 14;

(d)Portuguese dogfish (Centroscymnus coelolepis) in Union waters of ICES division 2a and subarea 4 and in Union and international waters of ICES subareas 1 and 14;

(e)basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) in all waters;

(f)kitefin shark (Dalatias licha) in Union waters of ICES division 2a and subarea 4 and in Union and international waters of ICES subareas 1 and 14;

(g)birdbeak dogfish (Deania calcea) in Union waters of ICES division 2a and subarea 4 and in Union and international waters of ICES subareas 1 and 14;

(h)common skate (Dipturus batis) complex (Dipturus cf. flossada and Dipturus cf. intermedia) in Union waters of ICES division 2a and ICES subareas 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10;

(i)great lanternshark (Etmopterus princeps) in Union waters of ICES division 2a and subarea 4 and in Union and international waters of ICES subareas 1 and 14;

(j)smooth lanternshark (Etmopterus pusillus) in Union waters of ICES division 2a and subarea 4 and in Union and international waters of ICES subareas 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12 and 14;

(k)tope shark (Galeorhinus galeus) when taken with longlines in Union waters of ICES division 2a and subarea 4 and in Union and international waters of ICES subareas 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12 and 14;

(l)porbeagle (Lamna nasus) in all waters;

(m)the following species of Mobula rays in all waters:

(i)devil fish (Mobula mobular),

(ii)lesser Guinean devil ray (Mobula rochebrunei),

(iii)spinetail mobula (Mobula japanica),

(iv)smoothtail mobula (Mobula thurstoni),

(v)longhorned mobula (Mobula eregoodootenkee),

(vi)Munk’s devil ray (Mobula munkiana),

(vii)Chilean devil ray (Mobula tarapacana),

(viii)shortfin devil ray (Mobula kuhlii),

(ix)lesser devil ray (Mobula hypostoma),

(x) reef manta ray (Mobula alfredi),

(xi) giant manta ray (Mobula birostris);

(n)the following species of sawfish (Pristidae) in all waters:

(i)pointed sawfish (Anoxypristis cuspidata),

(ii)dwarf sawfish (Pristis clavata),

(iii)smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata),

(iv)largetooth sawfish (Pristis pristis),

(v)green sawfish (Pristis zijsron);

(o)thornback ray (Raja clavata) in Union waters of ICES division 3a;

(p)Norwegian skate (Dipturus nidarosiensis) in Union waters of ICES divisions 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 7c, 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h and 7k;

(q)undulate ray (Raja undulata) in Union waters of ICES subareas 6 and 10;

(r)whale shark (Rhincodon typus) in all waters;

(s)Common guitarfish (Rhinobatos rhinobatos) in the Mediterranean;

(t)white skate (Rostroraja alba) in Union waters of ICES subareas 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10;

(u)guitarfishes (Rhinobatidae) in Union waters of ICES subareas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12;

(v)picked dogfish (Squalus acanthias) in Union waters of ICES subareas 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, with the exception of avoidance programmes as set out in Annex IA;

(x)angel shark (Squatina squatina) in Union waters.

2.When accidentally caught, species referred to in paragraph 1 shall not be harmed. Specimens shall be promptly released.

Article 14
Data transmission

When, pursuant to Articles 33 and 34 of Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009, Member States submit to the Commission data relating to landings of quantities of stocks caught, they shall use the stock codes set out in Annex I to this Regulation.

Chapter II
Fishing authorisations in third
country waters

Article 15
Fishing authorisations

1.The maximum number of fishing authorisations for Union fishing vessels fishing in waters of a third country is set out in Annex III.

2.Where one Member State transfers quota to another Member State (‘swap’) in the fishing areas set out in Annex III to this Regulation on the basis of Article 16(8) of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013, the transfer shall include an appropriate transfer of fishing authorisations and shall be notified to the Commission. However, the total number of fishing authorisations for each fishing area, as set out in Annex III to this Regulation, shall not be exceeded.

Chapter III
Fishing opportunities in waters of regional fisheries

management organisations

[Sections 2-3, 5, 7-10 in this Chapter will be updated after the Annual Meetings of RFMOs]

section 1
General provisions

Article 16
Quota transfers and exchanges

1.Where, under the rules of a regional fisheries management organisation (‘RFMO’), quota transfers or exchanges between the Contracting Parties to the RFMO are permitted, a Member State (‘the Member State concerned’) may discuss with a Contracting Party to the RFMO and, as appropriate, establish a possible outline of an intended quota transfer or exchange.

2.Upon notification to the Commission by the Member State concerned, the Commission may endorse the outline of the intended quota transfer or exchange that the Member State has discussed with the relevant Contracting Party to the RFMO. Thereupon, the Commission shall express, without undue delay, the consent to be bound by such quota transfer or exchange with the relevant Contracting Party to the RFMO. The Commission shall notify the secretariat of the RFMO of the agreed quota transfer or exchange in accordance with the rules of that organisation.

3.The Commission shall inform the Member States of the agreed quota transfer or exchange.

4.The fishing opportunities received from or transferred to the relevant Contracting Party to the RFMO under the quota transfer or exchange shall be deemed to be quotas allocated to, or deducted from, the allocation of the Member State concerned, as of the moment that the quota transfer or exchange takes effect in accordance with the terms of the agreement reached with the relevant Contracting Party to the RFMO or in accordance with the rules of the relevant RFMO, as appropriate. Such allocation shall not change the existing distribution key for the purpose of allocating fishing opportunities among Member States in accordance with the principle of relative stability of fishing activities.

5.This Article shall apply until 31 January 2020 for quota transfers from a RFMO Contracting Party to the Union and their subsequent allocation to Member States.

section 2
ICCAT Convention Area

Article 17
Fishing, farming and fattening capacity limitations

1.The number of Union bait boats and trolling boats authorised to fish actively for bluefin tuna between 8 kg/75 cm and 30 kg/115 cm in the Eastern Atlantic shall be limited as set out in point 1 of Annex IV.

2.The number of Union coastal artisanal fishing vessels authorised to fish actively for bluefin tuna between 8 kg/75 cm and 30 kg/115 cm in the Mediterranean shall be limited as set out in point 2 of Annex IV.

3.The number of Union fishing vessels fishing for bluefin tuna in the Adriatic Sea for farming purposes authorised to fish actively for bluefin tuna between 8 kg/75 cm and 30 kg/115 cm shall be limited as set out in point 3 of Annex IV.

4.The number and total capacity in gross tonnage of fishing vessels authorised to fish for, retain on board, tranship, transport, or land bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean shall be limited as set out in point 4 of Annex IV.

5.The number of traps engaged in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna fishery shall be limited as set out in point 5 of Annex IV.

6.The bluefin tuna farming capacity, the fattening capacity and the maximum input of wild caught bluefin tuna allocated to the farms in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean shall be limited as set out in point 6 of Annex IV.

7.The maximum number of Union fishing vessels authorised to fish for northern albacore as a target species in accordance with Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 520/2007 shall be limited as set out in point 7 of Annex IV to this Regulation.

8.The maximum number of Union fishing vessels of at least 20 metres length that fish for bigeye tuna in the ICCAT Convention Area shall be limited as set out in point 8 of Annex IV.

Article 18
Recreational fisheries

Where appropriate, Member States shall allocate a specific share for recreational fisheries from their allocated quotas as set out in Annex ID.

Article 19
Sharks

1.Retaining on board, transhipping or landing any part or whole carcass of bigeye thresher sharks (Alopias superciliosus) in any fishery shall be prohibited.

2.It shall be prohibited to undertake a directed fishery for species of thresher sharks of the Alopias genus.

3.Retaining on board, transhipping or landing any part or whole carcass of hammerhead sharks of the Sphyrnidae family (except for the Sphyrna tiburo) in association with fisheries in the ICCAT Convention Area shall be prohibited.

4.Retaining on board, transhipping or landing any part or whole carcass of oceanic whitetip sharks (Carcharhinus longimanus) taken in any fishery shall be prohibited.

5.Retaining on board silky sharks (Carcharhinus falciformis) taken in any fishery shall be prohibited.

section 3
CCAMLR Convention Area

Article 20
Prohibitions and catch limitations

1.Direct fishing of the species set out in Part A of Annex V, shall be prohibited in the zones and during the periods set out therein.

2.For exploratory fisheries, the TACs and bycatch limits set out in Part B of Annex V, shall apply in the subareas set out therein.

Article 21
Exploratory fisheries

1.Member States may participate in longline exploratory fisheries for toothfish (Dissostichus spp.) in FAO subareas 88.1 and 88.2 as well as in divisions 58.4.1, 58.4.2 and 58.4.3a outside areas of national jurisdiction in 2019. If a Member State intends to participate in such fisheries, it shall notify the CCAMLR Secretariat in accordance with Articles 7 and 7a of Regulation (EC) No 601/2004 and in any case no later than 1 June 2019.

2.With regard to FAO subareas 88.1 and 88.2 as well as divisions 58.4.1, 58.4.2 and 58.4.3a, TACs and bycatch limits per subarea and division, and their distribution among Small Scale Research Units (SSRUs) within each of them, shall be as set out in Part B of Annex V. Fishing in any SSRU shall cease when the reported catch reaches the specified TAC, and the SSRU shall be closed to fishing for the remainder of the season.

3.Fishing shall take place over as large a geographical and bathymetric range as possible to obtain the information necessary to determine fishery potential and to avoid overconcentration of catch and fishing effort. However, fishing in FAO subareas 88.1 and 88.2 as well as in divisions 58.4.1, 58.4.2 and 58.4.3a shall be prohibited in depths less than 550 metres.

Article 22
Krill fishery during the 2019/2020 fishing season

1.If a Member State intends to fish for krill (Euphausia superba) in the CCAMLR Convention Area during the 2019/2020 fishing season, it shall notify the Commission, no later than 1 May 2019, of its intention to fish for krill, using the format laid down in Part C of Annex V to this Regulation. On the basis of the information provided by Member States, the Commission shall submit the notifications to the CCAMLR Secretariat no later than 30 May 2019.

2.The notification referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article shall include the information provided for in Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 601/2004 for each vessel to be authorised by the Member State to participate in the krill fishery.

3.A Member State intending to fish for krill in the CCAMLR Convention Area shall notify its intention to do so only in respect of authorised vessels either flying its flag at the time of the notification or flying the flag of another CCAMLR member that are expected, at the time the fishery takes place, to be flying the flag of that Member State.

4.Member States shall be entitled to authorise participation in a krill fishery by vessels other than those notified to CCAMLR Secretariat in accordance with paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of this Article, if an authorised vessel is prevented from participation due to legitimate operational reasons or force majeure. In such circumstances the Member States concerned shall immediately inform the CCAMLR Secretariat and the Commission, providing:

(a)full details of the intended replacement vessel(s), including information provided for in Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 601/2004;

(b)a comprehensive account of the reasons justifying the replacement and any relevant supporting evidence or references.

5.Member States shall not authorise a vessel on any CCAMLR illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) Vessel List to participate in krill fisheries.

section 4
IOTC Area of Competence

Article 23
Limitation of fishing capacity of vessels fishing in the IOTC Area of Competence

1.The maximum number of Union fishing vessels fishing for tropical tunas in the IOTC Area of Competence and the corresponding capacity in gross tonnage shall be as set out in point 1 of Annex VI.

2.The maximum number of Union fishing vessels fishing for swordfish (Xiphias gladius) and albacore (Thunnus alalunga) in the IOTC Area of Competence and the corresponding capacity in gross tonnage shall be as set out in point 2 of Annex VI.

3.Member States may reallocate vessels assigned to one of the two fisheries referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 to the other fishery, provided that they can demonstrate to the Commission that this change does not lead to an increase of fishing effort on the fish stocks involved.

4.Member States shall ensure that, where there is a proposed transfer of capacity to their fleet, vessels to be transferred are on the IOTC Record of Vessels or on the record of vessels of other tuna RFMOs. Furthermore, no vessels featuring on the list of vessels engaged in IUU fishing activities of any RFMO may be transferred.

5.Member States may only increase their fishing capacity beyond the ceilings referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 within the limits set out in the development plans submitted to the IOTC.

Article 24
Drifting FADs and supply vessels

1.A purseseine vessel shall not deploy more than 350 active drifting FADs at any time.

2.The number of supply vessels shall be no more than one supply vessel in support of not less than two purseseine vessels, all flying the flag of the same Member State. This provision shall not apply to Member States using only one supply vessel.

3.A single purse seine vessel shall not be supported by more than one single supply vessel of the same flag State at any time.

4.As from 1 January 2018, the Union shall not register new or additional supply vessel in the IOTC Record of Authorised Vessels.

Article 25
Sharks

1.Retaining on board, transhipping or landing any part or whole carcass of thresher sharks of all the species of the Alopiidae family in any fishery shall be prohibited.

2.Retaining on board, transhipping or landing any part or whole carcass of oceanic whitetip sharks (Carcharhinus longimanus) in any fishery shall be prohibited, except for vessels under 24 metres overall length engaged solely in fishing operations within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Member State whose flag they fly, and provided that their catch is destined solely for local consumption.

3.When accidentally caught, species referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 shall not be harmed. Specimens shall be promptly released.

section 5
SPRFMO Convention Area

Article 26
Pelagic fisheries

1.Only Member States having actively exercised pelagic fisheries activities in the SPRFMO Convention Area in 2007, 2008 or 2009 may fish for pelagic stocks in that area in accordance with the TACs set out in Annex IJ.

2.Member States referred to in paragraph 1 shall limit the total level of gross tonnage of vessels flying their flag and fishing for pelagic stocks in 2019 to the total Union level of 78 600 gross tonnage in that area.

3.The fishing opportunities set out in Annex IJ may only be used under the condition that Member States send to the Commission the list of vessels actively fishing or engaged in transhipment in the SPRFMO Convention Area, records from vessel monitoring systems, monthly catch reports and, where available, port calls, at the latest by the fifth day of the following month, with the aim of communicating that information to the SPRFMO Secretariat.

Article 27
Bottom fisheries

1.Member States shall limit their bottom fishing catch or effort in 2019 in the SPRFMO Convention Area to those parts of the Convention Area where bottom fishing has occurred from 1 January 2002 to 31 December 2006 and to a level that does not exceed the annual average levels of catches or effort parameters in that period. They may fish beyond the track record only if SPRFMO endorses their plan to fish beyond the track record.

2.Member States without a track record in bottom fishing catch or effort in the SPRFMO Convention Area over the period from 1 January 2002 to 31 December 2006 shall not fish, unless SPRFMO endorses their plan to fish without the track record.

section 6
IATTC Convention Area

Article 28
Purse
seine fisheries

1.Fishing by purseseine vessels for yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares), bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus) and skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis) shall be prohibited:

(a)from 29 July 00:00 hours to 8 October 2019 24:00 hours or from 9 November 2019 00:00 hours to 19 January 2020 24:00 hours in the area defined by the following limits:

the Pacific coastlines of the Americas,

longitude 150º W,

latitude 40º N,

latitude 40º S;

(b)from 9 October 2019 00:00 hours to 8 November 2019 24:00 hours in the area defined by the following limits:

longitude 96º W,

longitude 110º W,

latitude 4º N,

latitude 3º S.

2.For each of their vessels, Member States concerned shall notify to the Commission before 1 April 2019 the selected period of closure referred to in paragraph 1. All purseseine vessels of the Member States concerned shall stop purseseine fishing in the areas defined in paragraph 1 during the selected period.

3.Purseseine vessels fishing for tuna in the IATTC Convention Area shall retain on board and then land or tranship all yellowfin, bigeye and skipjack tuna caught.

4.Paragraph 3 shall not apply in the following cases:

(a)where the fish is considered unfit for human consumption for reasons other than size; or

(b)during the final set of a trip when there may be insufficient well space remaining to accommodate all the tuna caught in that set.

Article 29
Drifting FADs

1.A purseseine vessel shall not have more than 450 FADs active at any time in the IATTC Convention Area. A FAD shall be considered active when it is deployed at sea, starts transmitting its location and is being tracked by the vessel, its owner or operator. A FAD shall only be activated on board a purseseine vessel.

2.A purseseine vessel may not deploy FADs during 15 days before the start of the selected closure period set out in Article 28(1)(a) and it shall recover the same number of FADs as initially deployed within 15 days prior to the start of the closure period.

3.Member States shall report to the Commission, on a monthly basis, daily information on all active FADs as required by the IATTC. The reports shall be submitted with a delay of at least 60 days, but not longer than 75 days. The Commission shall transmit that information to the IATTC Secretariat without delay.

Article 30
Catch limits for bigeye tuna in long
line fisheries

The total annual catches of bigeye tuna by longline vessels of each Member State in the IATTC Convention Area shall not exceed 500 metric tons or their respective yearly catches of bigeye tuna in 2001.

Article 31
Prohibition of fishing for oceanic whitetip sharks

1.It shall be prohibited to fish for oceanic whitetip sharks (Carcharhinus longimanus) in the IATTC Convention Area, and to retain on board, to tranship, to store, to offer to sell, to sell or to land any part or whole carcass of oceanic whitetip sharks caught in that area.

2.When accidentally caught, the species referred to in paragraph 1 shall not be harmed. Specimens shall be promptly released by vessel operators.

3.Vessel operators shall:

(a)record the number of releases with indication of status (dead or alive);

(b)report the information specified in point (a) to the Member State of which they are nationals. Member States shall transmit the information collected during the previous year to the Commission by 31 January.

Article 32
Prohibition of fishing for Mobulid rays

It shall be prohibited for Union fishing vessels in the IATTC Convention Area to fish for, to retain on board, to tranship, to land, to store, to offer to sell or to sell any part or whole carcass of Mobulid rays (family Mobulidae, which includes the genera Manta and Mobula). As soon as Union fishing vessels notice that Mobulid rays have been caught, Union fishing vessels shall, wherever possible, promptly release them alive and unharmed.

section 7
SEAFO Convention Area

Article 33
Prohibition of fishing for deep water sharks

Directed fishing for the following deep water sharks in the SEAFO Convention Area shall be prohibited:

ghost catshark (Apristurus manis),

blurred smooth lanternshark (Etmopterus bigelowi),

shorttail lanternshark (Etmopterus brachyurus),

great lanternshark (Etmopterus princeps),

smooth lanternshark (Etmopterus pusillus),

skates (Rajidae),

velvet dogfish (Scymnodon squamulosus),

deepsea sharks of the Selachimorpha superorder,

picked dogfish (Squalus acanthias).

section 8
WCPFC Convention Area

Article 34
Conditions for bigeye tuna, yellowfin tuna, skipjack tuna

and south Pacific albacore fisheries

1.Member States shall ensure that the total number of fishing days allocated to purseseine vessels fishing for bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus), yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) and skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis) in the part of the WCPFC Convention Area located in the high seas between 20º N and 20º S does not exceed 403 days.

2.Union fishing vessels shall not target south Pacific albacore (Thunnus alalunga) in the WCPFC Convention Area south of 20° S.

3.Member States shall ensure that catches of bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus) by longliners do not exceed 2 000 tonnes.

Article 35
Management of fishing with FADs

1.In the part of the WCPFC Convention Area located between 20º N and 20º S, it shall be prohibited for purseseine vessels to deploy, service or set on FADs between 00:00 hours of 1 July 2019 and 24:00 hours of 30 September 2019.

2.In addition to the prohibition set in paragraph 1, it shall be prohibited to set on FADs on the high seas of the WCPFC Convention Area, between 20º N and 20º S, for an additional two months: either from 00:00 hours of 1 April 2019 to 24:00 hours of 31 May 2019, or from 00:00 hours of 1 November 2019 to 24:00 hours of 31 December 2019. The choice for the additional two months shall be notified to the Commission before 31 January 2019.

3.Member States shall ensure that each of its purseseine vessels have deployed at sea, at any time, no more than 350 FADs with activated instrumented buoys. The buoy shall be activated exclusively onboard a vessel.

4.All purseseine vessels fishing in the part of the WCPFC Convention Area referred to in paragraph 1 shall retain onboard and land or tranship all bigeye, yellowfin and skipjack tuna caught.

5.Paragraph 4 shall not apply in the following cases:

(a)in the final set of a trip, if the vessel has insufficient well space left to accommodate all fish;

(b)where the fish is unfit for human consumption for reasons other than size; or

(c)when a serious malfunction of freezer equipment occurs.

Article 36
Limitations to the number of Union fishing vessels

authorised to fish for swordfish

The maximum number of Union fishing vessels authorised to fish for swordfish (Xiphias gladius) in areas south of 20º S of the WCPFC Convention Area shall be as set out in Annex VII.

Article 37
Catch limits for swordfish in long
line fisheries south of 20°S

Member States shall ensure that catches of swordfish (Xiphias gladius) south of 20°S by longliners do not exceed the limit set out in Annex IH. Member States shall also ensure that there is no shift of the fishing effort for swordfish to the area north of the 20°S, as a result of that measure.

Article 38
Silky sharks and oceanic whitetip sharks

1.Retaining on board, transhipping, storing or landing any part or whole carcass of the following species in the WCPFC Convention Area shall be prohibited:

(a)silky sharks (Carcharhinus falciformis),

(b)oceanic whitetip sharks (Carcharhinus longimanus).

2.When accidentally caught, species referred to in paragraph 1 shall not be harmed. Specimens shall be promptly released.

Article 39
Overlap area between IATTC and WCPFC

1.Vessels listed exclusively in the WCPFC register shall apply the measures set out in this Section when fishing in the overlap area between IATTC and WCPFC as defined in Article 4(u).

2.Vessels listed in both the WCPFC register and the IATTC register and vessels listed exclusively in the IATTC register shall apply the measures set out in Article 28(1)(a), (2), (3) and (4) and Articles 29, 30 and 31 when fishing in the overlap area between IATTC and WCPFC as defined in Article 4(u).

section 9
GFCM Agreement Area

Article 40
Small pelagic stocks in geographical subareas 17 and 18

1.Catches of small pelagic stocks by Union fishing vessels in the geographical subareas 17 and 18 shall not exceed the levels exerted in 2014, reported in accordance with Article 24 of Regulation (EU) No 1343/2011, as set out in Annex IL to this Regulation.

2.Union fishing vessels targeting small pelagic stocks in geographical subareas 17 and 18 shall not exceed 180 fishing days per year. Within that total of 180 fishing days, a maximum of 144 fishing days targeting sardine and a maximum of 144 fishing days targeting anchovy shall apply.

section 10
Bering Sea

Article 41
Prohibition on fishing in the high seas of the Bering Sea

Fishing for pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) in the high seas of the Bering Sea shall be prohibited.

Section 11
SIOFA

Article 42

Interim bottom fishing measures

1. Member States whose vessels have fished for more than 40 days in any given year in the SIOFA Agreement Area up to 2016 shall ensure that fishing vessels flying their flag limit their annual bottom fishing effort and/or catch to its average annual level and that fishing activities take place within the area assessed in their impact assessment submitted to SIOFA.

2. Member States whose vessels have not fished for more than 40 days in any given single year in the SIOFA Agreement Area up to 2016 shall ensure that vessels flying its flag limit their bottom fishing effort and/or catch, and spatial distribution, in accordance with their historical fishing record.

TITLE III
FISHING OPPORTUNITIES

FOR THIRD
COUNTRY VESSELS IN UNION WATERS

Article 43
Fishing vessels flying the flag of Norway and fishing vessels registered in the Faroe Islands

Fishing vessels flying the flag of Norway and fishing vessels registered in the Faroe Islands shall be authorised to make catches in Union waters within the TACs set out in Annex I to this Regulation and shall be subject to the conditions provided for in this Regulation and in Chapter III of Regulation (EC) No 1006/2008.

Article 44
Fishing vessels flying the flag of Venezuela

Fishing vessels flying the flag of Venezuela shall be subject to the conditions provided for in this Regulation and in Chapter III of Regulation (EC) No 1006/2008.

Article 45
Fishing authorisations

The maximum number of fishing authorisations for thirdcountry vessels fishing in Union waters shall be as set out in Annex VIII.

Article 46
Conditions for landing catches and by
catches

The conditions specified in Article 7 shall apply to catches and bycatches of thirdcountry vessels fishing under the authorisations specified in Article 43.

Article 47
Closed fishing seasons

Thirdcountry vessels authorised to fish for sandeel and associated bycatches in Union waters of ICES subarea 4 shall not fish for sandeel in that area with demersal trawl, seine or similar towed gears with a mesh size of less than 16 mm from 1 January to 31 March 2019 and from 1 August to 31 December 2019.

Article 48
Prohibitions

1.It shall be prohibited for thirdcountry vessels to fish for, to retain on board, to tranship or to land the following species whenever they are found in Union waters:

(a)starry ray (Amblyraja radiata) in Union waters of ICES divisions 2a, 3a and 7d and ICES subarea 4;

(b)the following species of sawfish in Union waters:

(i)pointed sawfish (Anoxypristis cuspidata),

(ii)dwarf sawfish (Pristis clavata),

(iii)smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata),

(iv)largetooth sawfish (Pristis pristis),

(v)green sawfish (Pristis zijsron);

(c)basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) and white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) in Union waters;

(d)common skate (Dipturus batis) complex (Dipturus cf. flossada and Dipturus cf. intermedia) in Union waters of ICES division 2a and ICES subareas 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10;

(e)tope shark (Galeorhinus galeus) when taken with longlines in Union waters of ICES division 2a and ICES subareas 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12 and 14;

(f)smooth lanternshark (Etmopterus pusillus) in Union waters of ICES division 2a and ICES subareas 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12 and 14;

(g)kitefin shark (Dalatias licha), birdbeak dogfish (Deania calcea), leafscale gulper shark (Centrophorus squamosus), great lanternshark (Etmopterus princeps) and Portuguese dogfish (Centroscymnus coelolepis) in Union waters of ICES division 2a and ICES subareas 1, 4 and 14;

(h)porbeagle (Lamna nasus) in Union waters;

(i)the following species of Mobula rays in Union waters:

(i)devil fish (Mobula mobular),

(ii)lesser Guinean devil ray (Mobula rochebrunei),

(iii)spinetail mobula (Mobula japanica),

(iv)smoothtail mobula (Mobula thurstoni),

(v)longhorned mobula (Mobula eregoodootenkee),

(vi)Munk’s devil ray (Mobula munkiana),

(vii)Chilean devil ray (Mobula tarapacana),

(viii)shortfin devil ray (Mobula kuhlii),

(ix)lesser devil ray (Mobula hypostoma),

(x)reef manta ray (Mobula alfredi),

(xi)giant manta ray (Mobula birostris);

(j)hornback ray (Raja clavata) in Union waters of ICES division 3a;

(k)Norwegian skate (Dipturus nidarosiensis) in Union waters of ICES divisions 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 7c, 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h and 7k;

(l)undulate ray (Raja undulata) in Union waters of ICES subareas 6, 9 and 10 and white skate (Rostroraja alba) in Union waters of ICES subareas 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10;

(m)guitarfishes (Rhinobatidae) in Union waters of ICES subareas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12;

(n)common guitarfish (Rhinobatos rhinobatos) in the Mediterranean;

(o)whale shark (Rhincodon typus) in all waters;

(p)picked dogfish (Squalus acanthias) in Union waters of ICES subareas 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10;

(q)angel shark (Squatina squatina) in Union waters.

2.When accidentally caught, the species referred to in paragraph 1 shall not be harmed. Specimens shall be promptly released.

TITLE IV
FINAL PROVISIONS

Article 49
Committee procedure

1.The Commission shall be assisted by the Committee for Fisheries and Aquaculture established by Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013. That committee shall be a committee within the meaning of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011.

2.Where reference is made to this paragraph, Article 5 of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 shall apply.

Article 50
Transitional provision

Article 9, Article 11(2), Articles 13, 19, 20, 25, 31, 32, 33, 38, 41 and 48 shall continue to apply, mutatis mutandis, in 2020 until the entry into force of the Regulation fixing the fishing opportunities for 2020.

Article 51
Entry into force

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 2019.

However, Article 8 shall apply from 1 February 2019. The provisions on fishing opportunities set out in Articles 20, 21 and 22 and Annexes IE and V for certain stocks in the CCAMLR Convention Area shall apply from 1 December 2018.

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

Done at Brussels,

   For the Council

   The President

(1)    COM(2018)149
(2)    See in particular the document "General Context of ICES Advice" at the following link: http://www.ices.dk/sites/pub/Publication%20Reports/Advice/2018/2018/Introduction_to_advice_2018.pdf
(3)    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, 28.12.2013, p. 22).
(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, 16.07.2018, p.1).
(5)    Council Regulation (EC) No 509/2007 of 7 May 2007 establishing a multi-annual plan for the sustainable exploitation of the stock of sole in the Western Channel (OJ L 122, 11.5.2007, p. 7).
(6)    Regulation (EU) 2016/1627 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 September 2016 on a multiannual recovery plan for bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean, and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 302/2009 (OJ L 252, 16.9.2016, p. 1).
(7)    Council Regulation (EC) No 2166/2005 of 20 December 2005 establishing measures for the recovery of the Southern hake and Norway lobster stocks in the Cantabrian Sea and Western Iberian peninsula and amending Regulation (EC) No 850/98 for the conservation of fishery resources through technical measures for the protection of juveniles of marine organisms (OJ L 345, 28.12.2005, p. 5).
(8)    Council Regulation (EC) No 1300/2008 of 18 December 2008 establishing a multiannual plan for the stock of herring distributed to the west of Scotland and the fisheries exploiting that stock (OJ L 344, 20.12.2008, p. 6).
(9)    Council Regulation (EC) No 847/96 of 6 May 1996 introducing additional conditions for year-to-year management of TACs and quotas (OJ L 115, 9.5.1996, p. 3).
(10)    Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009 of 20 November 2009 establishing a Union control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the common fisheries policy, amending Regulations (EC) No 847/96, (EC) No 2371/2002, (EC) No 811/2004, (EC) No 768/2005, (EC) No 2115/2005, (EC) No 2166/2005, (EC) No 388/2006, (EC) No 509/2007, (EC) No 676/2007, (EC) No 1098/2007, (EC) No 1300/2008, (EC) No 1342/2008 and repealing Regulations (EEC) No 2847/93, (EC) No 1627/94 and (EC) No 1966/2006 (OJ L 343, 22.12.2009, p. 1).
(11)    Agreement on fisheries between the European Economic Community and the Kingdom of Norway (OJ L 226, 29.8.1980, p. 48).
(12)    Agreement on fisheries between the European Economic Community, of the one part, and the Government of Denmark and the Home Government of the Faeroe Islands, of the other part (OJ L 226, 29.8.1980, p. 12).
(13)    Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community on the one hand, and the Government of Denmark and the Home Rule Government of Greenland, on the other hand (OJ L 172, 30.6.2007, p. 4) and Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in that Agreement (OJ L 293, 23.10.2012, p. 5).
(14)    OJ L 6, 10.1.2012, p. 9.
(15)    Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2011 laying down the rules and general principles concerning mechanisms for control by Member States of the Commission's exercise of implementing powers (OJ L 55, 28.2.2011, p. 13).
(16)    Commission Regulation (EC) No 517/2008 of 10 June 2008 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 850/98 as regards the determination of the mesh size and assessing the thickness of twine of fishing nets (OJ L 151, 11.6.2008, p. 5).
(17)    Regulation (EC) No 218/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2009 on the submission of nominal catch statistics by Member States fishing in the north-east Atlantic (OJ L 87, 31.3.2009, p. 70).
(18)    Council Regulation (EC) No 601/2004 of 22 March 2004 laying down certain control measures applicable to fishing activities in the area covered by the Convention on the conservation of Antarctic marine living resources and repealing Regulations (EEC) No 3943/90, (EC) No 66/98 and (EC) No 1721/1999 (OJ L 97, 1.4.2004, p. 16).
(19)    Regulation (EC) No 216/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2009 on the submission of nominal catch statistics by Member States fishing in certain areas other than those of the North Atlantic (OJ L 87, 31.3.2009, p. 1).
(20)    Regulation (EU) No 1343/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 December 2011 on certain provisions for fishing in the GFCM (General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean) Agreement area and amending Council Regulation (EC) No 1967/2006 concerning management measures for the sustainable exploitation of fishery resources in the Mediterranean Sea (OJ L 347, 30.12.2011, p. 44).
(21)    Concluded by Council Decision 2006/539/EC of 22 May 2006 on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Community of the Convention for the Strengthening of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission established by the 1949 Convention between the United States of America and the Republic of Costa Rica (OJ L 224, 16.8.2006, p. 22).
(22)    The Union acceded by Council Decision 86/238/EEC of 9 June 1986 on the accession of the Community to the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, as amended by the Protocol annexed to the Final Act of the Conference of Plenipotentiaries of the States Parties to the Convention signed in Paris on 10 July 1984 (OJ L 162, 18.6.1986, p. 33).
(23)    The Union acceded by Council Decision 95/399/EC of 18 September 1995 on the accession of the Community to the Agreement for the establishment of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (OJ L 236, 5.10.1995, p. 24).
(24)    Regulation (EC) No 217/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2009 on the submission of catch and activity statistics by Member States fishing in the north-west Atlantic (OJ L 87, 31.3.2009, p. 42).
(25)    Concluded by Council Decision 2002/738/EC of 22 July 2002 on the conclusion by the European Community of the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Fishery Resources in the South-East Atlantic Ocean (OJ L 234, 31.8.2002, p. 39).
(26)    The Union acceded by Council Decision 2008/780/EC of 29 September 2008 on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Community, of the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (OJ L 268, 9.10.2008, p. 27).
(27)    The Union acceded by Council Decision 2012/130/EU of 3 October 2011 on the approval, on behalf of the European Union, of the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacific Ocean (OJ L 67, 6.3.2012, p. 1).
(28)    The Union acceded by Council Decision 2005/75/EC of 26 April 2004 on the accession of the Community to the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (OJ L 32, 4.2.2005, p. 1).
(29)    Regulation (EU) 2017/2403 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 December 2017 on the sustainable management of external fishing fleets, and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1006/2008 (OJ L 347, 28.12.2017, p. 81).
(30)    All types of demersal trawls (OTB, OTT, PTB, TBB, TBN, TBS and TB).
(31)    All types of seines (SSC, SDN, SPR, SV, SB and SX).
(32)    All long lines or pole and line or rod and line fisheries (LHP, LHM, LLD, LL, LTL, LX and LLS).
(33)    All fixed gillnets and traps (GTR, GNS, FYK, FPN and FIX).

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COM(2018) 732 final

ANNEX

to the

Proposal for a Council Regulation

fixing for 2019 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


LIST OF ANNEXES

ANNEX I:

TACs applicable to Union fishing vessels in areas where TACs exist by species and by area

ANNEX IA:

Skagerrak, Kattegat, ICES subareas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 and 14, Union waters of CECAF, French Guiana waters

ANNEX IB:

North East Atlantic and Greenland, ICES subareas 1, 2, 5, 12 and 14 and Greenland waters of NAFO 1

ANNEX IC:

North West Atlantic - NAFO Convention Area

ANNEX ID:

ICCAT Convention Area

ANNEX IE:

Antarctic – CCAMLR Convention Area

ANNEX IF:

South-East Atlantic Ocean – SEAFO Convention Area

ANNEX IG:

Southern bluefin tuna – areas of distribution

ANNEX IH:

WCPFC Convention Area

ANNEX IJ:

SPRFMO Convention Area

ANNEX IK

IOTC Area of Competence

ANNEX IL

GFCM Agreement Area

ANNEX IIA:

Fishing effort for vessels in the context of the recovery of certain Southern hake and Norway lobster stocks in ICES divisions 8c and 9a excluding the Gulf of Cádiz

ANNEX IIB:

Fishing effort for vessels in the context of the management of Western Channel sole stocks in ICES division 7e

ANNEX IIC:

Management areas for sandeel in ICES divisions 2a, 3a and ICES subarea 4

ANNEX III:

Maximum number of fishing authorisations for Union fishing vessels in thirdcountry waters

ANNEX IV:

ICCAT Convention Area

ANNEX V:

CCAMLR Convention Area

ANNEX VI:

IOTC Area of Competence

ANNEX VII:

WCPFC Convention Area

ANNEX VIII:

Quantitative limitations of fishing authorisations for third-country vessels fishing in Union waters

ANNEX I

TACs APPLICABLE TO UNION FISHING VESSELS
IN AREAS WHERE TACs EXIST BY SPECIES AND BY AREA

The tables in Annexes IA, IB, IC, ID, IE, IF, IG, IJ, IK and IL set out the TACs and quotas (in tonnes live weight, except where otherwise specified) by stock, and, where appropriate, the conditions functionally linked thereto.

All fishing opportunities set out in this Annex shall be subject to the rules set out in Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009 1 , and in particular Articles 33 and 34 of that Regulation.

The references to fishing zones are references to ICES zones, unless otherwise specified. Within each area, fish stocks are referred to following the alphabetical order of the Latin names of the species. Only Latin names identify species for regulatory purposes; vernacular names are provided for ease of reference.


For the purposes of this Regulation, the following comparative table of Latin names and common names is provided:

Scientific name

Alpha3 code

Common name

Amblyraja radiata

RJR

Starry ray

Ammodytes spp.

SAN

Sandeels

Argentina silus

ARU

Greater silver smelt

Beryx spp.

ALF

Alfonsinos

Brosme brosme

USK

Tusk

Caproidae

BOR

Boarfish

Centrophorus squamosus

GUQ

Leafscale gulper shark

Centroscymnus coelolepis

CYO

Portuguese dogfish

Chaceon spp.

GER

Deep sea red crab

Chaenocephalus aceratus

SSI

Blackfin icefish

Champsocephalus gunnari

ANI

Mackerel icefish

Channichthys rhinoceratus

LIC

Unicorn icefish

Chionoecetes spp.

PCR

Snow crab

Clupea harengus

HER

Herring

Coryphaenoides rupestris

RNG

Roundnose grenadier

Dalatias licha

SCK

Kitefin shark

Deania calcea

DCA

Birdbeak dogfish

Dicentrarchus labrax

BSS

European seabass

Dipturus batis (Dipturus cf. flossada and Dipturus cf. intermedia)

RJB

Common skate complex

Dissostichus eleginoides

TOP

Patagonian toothfish

Dissostichus mawsoni

TOA

Antarctic toothfish

Dissostichus spp.

TOT

Toothfish

Engraulis encrasicolus

ANE

Anchovy

Etmopterus princeps

ETR

Great lanternshark

Etmopterus pusillus

ETP

Smooth lanternshark

Euphausia superba

KRI

Krill

Gadus morhua

COD

Cod

Galeorhinus galeus

GAG

Tope shark

Glyptocephalus cynoglossus

WIT

Witch flounder

Hippoglossoides platessoides

PLA

American plaice

Hippoglossus hippoglossus

HAL

Atlantic halibut

Hoplostethus atlanticus

ORY

Orange roughy

Illex illecebrosus

SQI

Shortfin squid

Lamna nasus

POR

Porbeagle

Lepidorhombus spp.

LEZ

Megrims

Leucoraja naevus

RJN

Cuckoo ray

Limanda ferruginea

YEL

Yellowtail flounder

Lophiidae

ANF

Anglerfish

Macrourus spp.

GRV

Grenadiers

Makaira nigricans

BUM

Blue marlin

Mallotus villosus

CAP

Capelin

Manta birostris

RMB

Giant manta ray

Martialia hyadesi

SQS

Squid

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

HAD

Haddock

Merlangius merlangus

WHG

Whiting

Merluccius merluccius

HKE

Hake

Micromesistius poutassou

WHB

Blue whiting

Microstomus kitt

LEM

Lemon sole

Molva dypterygia

BLI

Blue ling

Molva molva

LIN

Ling

Nephrops norvegicus

NEP

Norway lobster

Notothenia gibberifrons

NOG

Humped rockcod

Notothenia rossii

NOR

Marbled rockcod

Notothenia squamifrons

NOS

Grey rockcod

Pandalus borealis

PRA

Northern prawn

Paralomis spp.

PAI

Crabs

Penaeus spp.

PEN

‘Penaeus’ shrimps

Pleuronectes platessa

PLE

Plaice

Pleuronectiformes

FLX

Flatfish

Pollachius pollachius

POL

Pollack

Pollachius virens

POK

Saithe

Psetta maxima

TUR

Turbot

Pseudochaenichthys georgianus

SGI

South Georgia icefish

Pseudopentaceros spp.

EDW

Pelagic armourhead

Raja alba

RJA

White skate

Raja brachyura

RJH

Blonde ray

Raja circularis

RJI

Sandy ray

Raja clavata

RJC

Thornback ray

Raja fullonica

RJF

Shagreen ray

Raja (Dipturus) nidarosiensis

JAD

Norwegian skate

Raja microocellata

RJE

Smalleyed ray

Raja montagui

RJM

Spotted ray

Raja undulata

RJU

Undulate ray

Rajiformes

SRX

Skates and rays

Reinhardtius hippoglossoides

GHL

Greenland halibut

Sardina pilchardus

PIL

Sardine

Scomber scombrus

MAC

Mackerel

Scophthalmus rhombus

BLL

Brill

Sebastes spp.

RED

Redfish

Solea solea

SOL

Common sole

Solea spp.

SOO

Sole

Sprattus sprattus

SPR

Sprat

Squalus acanthias

DGS

Picked dogfish

Tetrapturus albidus

WHM

White marlin

Thunnus maccoyii

SBF

Southern bluefin tuna

Thunnus obesus

BET

Bigeye tuna

Thunnus thynnus

BFT

Bluefin tuna

Trachurus murphyi

CJM

Jack mackerel

Trachurus spp.

JAX

Horse mackerel

Trisopterus esmarkii

NOP

Norway pout

Urophycis tenuis

HKW

White hake

Xiphias gladius

SWO

Swordfish


The following comparative table of common names and Latin names is provided exclusively for explanatory purposes:

Common name

Alpha3 code

Scientific name

Alfonsinos

ALF

Beryx spp.

American plaice

PLA

Hippoglossoides platessoides

Anchovy

ANE

Engraulis encrasicolus

Anglerfish

ANF

Lophiidae

Antarctic toothfish

TOA

Dissostichus mawsoni

Atlantic halibut

HAL

Hippoglossus hippoglossus

Bigeye tuna

BET

Thunnus obesus

Birdbeak dogfish

DCA

Deania calcea

Blackfin icefish

SSI

Chaenocephalus aceratus

Blonde ray

RJH

Raja brachyura

Blue ling

BLI

Molva dypterygia

Blue marlin

BUM

Makaira nigricans

Blue whiting

WHB

Micromesistius poutassou

Bluefin tuna

BFT

Thunnus thynnus

Boarfish

BOR

Caproidae

Brill

BLL

Scophthalmus rhombus

Capelin

CAP

Mallotus villosus

Cod

COD

Gadus morhua

Common skate complex

RJB

Dipturus batis (Dipturus cf. flossada and Dipturus cf. intermedia)

Common sole

SOL

Solea solea

Crabs

PAI

Paralomis spp.

Cuckoo ray

RJN

Leucoraja naevus

Deep sea red crab

GER

Chaceon spp.

Flatfish

FLX

Pleuronectiformes

Giant manta ray

RMB

Manta birostris

Great lanternshark

ETR

Etmopterus princeps

Greater silver smelt

ARU

Argentina silus

Greenland halibut

GHL

Reinhardtius hippoglossoides

Grenadiers

GRV

Macrourus spp.

Grey rockcod

NOS

Notothenia squamifrons

Haddock

HAD

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

Hake

HKE

Merluccius merluccius

Herring

HER

Clupea harengus

Horse mackerel

JAX

Trachurus spp.

Humped rockcod

NOG

Notothenia gibberifrons

Jack mackerel

CJM

Trachurus murphyi

Kitefin shark

SCK

Dalatias licha

Krill

KRI

Euphausia superba

Leafscale gulper shark

GUQ

Centrophorus squamosus

Lemon sole

LEM

Microstomus kitt

Ling

LIN

Molva molva

Mackerel

MAC

Scomber scombrus

Mackerel icefish

ANI

Champsocephalus gunnari

Marbled rockcod

NOR

Notothenia rossii

Megrims

LEZ

Lepidorhombus spp.

Northern prawn

PRA

Pandalus borealis

Norway lobster

NEP

Nephrops norvegicus

Norway pout

NOP

Trisopterus esmarkii

Norwegian skate

JAD

Raja (Dipturus) nidarosiensis

Orange roughy

ORY

Hoplostethus atlanticus

Patagonian toothfish

TOP

Dissostichus eleginoides

Pelagic armourhead

EDW

Pseudopentaceros spp.

‘Penaeus’ shrimps

PEN

Penaeus spp.

Picked dogfish

DGS

Squalus acanthias

Plaice

PLE

Pleuronectes platessa

Pollack

POL

Pollachius pollachius

Porbeagle

POR

Lamna nasus

Portuguese dogfish

CYO

Centroscymnus coelolepis

Redfish

RED

Sebastes spp.

Roundnose grenadier

RNG

Coryphaenoides rupestris

Saithe

POK

Pollachius virens

Sandeels

SAN

Ammodytes spp.

Sandy ray

RJI

Raja circularis

Sardine

PIL

Sardina pilchardus

European seabass

BSS

Dicentrarchus labrax

Shagreen ray

RJF

Raja fullonica

Shortfin squid

SQI

Illex illecebrosus

Skates and rays

SRX

Rajiformes

Smalleyed ray

RJE

Raja microocellata

Smooth lanternshark

ETP

Etmopterus pusillus

Snow crab

PCR

Chionoecetes spp.

Sole

SOO

Solea spp.

South Georgia icefish

SGI

Pseudochaenichthys georgianus

Southern bluefin tuna

SBF

Thunnus maccoyii

Spotted ray

RJM

Raja montagui

Sprat

SPR

Sprattus sprattus

Squid

SQS

Martialia hyadesi

Starry ray

RJR

Amblyraja radiata

Swordfish

SWO

Xiphias gladius

Thornback ray

RJC

Raja clavata

Toothfish

TOT

Dissostichus spp.

Tope shark

GAG

Galeorhinus galeus

Turbot

TUR

Psetta maxima

Tusk

USK

Brosme brosme

Undulate ray

RJU

Raja undulata

Unicorn icefish

LIC

Channichthys rhinoceratus

White hake

HKW

Urophycis tenuis

White marlin

WHM

Tetrapturus albidus

White skate

RJA

Raja alba

Whiting

WHG

Merlangius merlangus

Witch flounder

WIT

Glyptocephalus cynoglossus

Yellowtail flounder

YEL

Limanda ferruginea

ANNEX IA

SKAGERRAK, KATTEGAT, ICES SUBAREAS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 AND 14, UNION WATERS OF CECAF,

FRENCH GUIANA WATERS

Species:

Sandeel and associated by-catches

Zone:

Union waters of 2a, 3a and 4(1)

 

Ammodytes spp.

 

 

 

 

Denmark

 

0

(2)

Analytical TAC

 

 

United Kingdom

0

(2)

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

Germany

0

(2)

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

Sweden

0

(2)

Union

0

TAC

0

(1)

Excluding waters within six nautical miles of the UK baselines at Shetland, Fair Isle and Foula.

(2)

Up to 2 % of the quota may consist of by-catches of whiting and mackerel (OT1/*2A3A4). By-catches of whiting and mackerel counted against the quota pursuant to this provision and by-catches of species counted against the quota pursuant to Article 15(8) of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 shall, together, not exceed 9% of the quota.

Special condition: within the limits of the abovementioned quotas, no more than the quantities given below may be taken in the following sandeel management areas, as defined in Annex IIC:

Zone: Union waters of sandeel management areas

 

1r

2r(1)

3r

4

5r

6

7r

 

(SAN/234_1R)

(SAN/234_2R)

(SAN/234_3R)

(SAN/234_4)

(SAN/234_5R)

(SAN/234_6)

(SAN/234_7R)

Denmark

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

United Kingdom

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Germany

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sweden

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Union

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

(1)

In management area 2r the TAC may only be fished as a monitoring TAC with an associated sampling protocol for the fishery.

 

Species:

Greater silver smelt

 

Zone:

Union and international waters of 1 and 2

 

Argentina silus

 

 

(ARU/1/2.)

 

 

Germany

 

24

 

Precautionary TAC

 

 

France

8

The Netherlands

19

United Kingdom

39

Union

90

TAC

 

90

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Greater silver smelt

 

Zone:

Union waters of 3a and 4

 

 

Argentina silus

 

 

(ARU/3A4-C)

 

Denmark

 

1 093

 

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Germany

11

France

8

Ireland

8

The Netherlands

51

Sweden

43

United Kingdom

20

Union

1 234

TAC

 

1 234

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Greater silver smelt

 

Zone:

Union and international waters of 5, 6 and 7

 

Argentina silus

 

 

(ARU/567.)

 

 

Germany

 

355

 

Precautionary TAC

 

 

France

7

Ireland

329

The Netherlands

3 710

United Kingdom

260

Union

4 661

TAC

 

4 661

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Tusk

 

 

Zone:

Union and international waters of 1, 2 and 14

 

Brosme brosme

 

 

(USK/1214EI)

 

Germany

 

6

(1)

Precautionary TAC

 

 

France

6

(1)

United Kingdom

6

(1)

Others

3

(1)

Union

21

(1)

TAC

21

(1)

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Tusk

 

 

Zone:

3a

 

 

 

Brosme brosme

 

 

(USK/03A.)

 

 

Denmark

 

15

 

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Sweden

8

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

Germany

8

Union

31

TAC

 

31

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Tusk

 

 

Zone:

Union waters of 4

 

 

Brosme brosme

 

 

(USK/04-C.)

 

Denmark

 

68

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Germany

20

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

France

47

Sweden

7

United Kingdom

102

Others

7

(1)

Union

251

TAC

251

(1)

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Tusk

 

 

Zone:

Union and international waters of 5, 6 and 7

 

Brosme brosme

 

 

(USK/567EI.)

 

Germany

 

pm

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Spain

pm

Article 12(1) of this Regulation applies

France

pm

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

Ireland

pm

United Kingdom

pm

Others

pm

(1)

Union

pm

Norway

pm

(2)(3)(4)(5)

TAC

4 130

(1)

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

(2)

To be fished in Union waters of 2a, 4, 5b, 6 and 7 (USK/*24X7C).

(3)

Special condition: of which an incidental catch of other species of 25 % per ship, 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/*5B67-). By-catch of cod under this provision in area 6a may not be more than 5%.

pm

(4)

Including ling. The following quotas for Norway shall only be fished with long-lines in 5b, 6 and 7:

Ling (LIN/*5B67-)

pm

Tusk (USK/*5B67-)

pm

(5)

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

pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Tusk

 

 

Zone:

Norwegian waters of 4

 

 

Brosme brosme

 

 

(USK/04-N.)

 

Belgium

 

pm

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Denmark

pm

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

Germany

pm

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

France

pm

The Netherlands

pm

United Kingdom

pm

Union

pm

TAC

Not relevant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Boarfish

 

 

Zone:

Union and international waters of 6, 7 and 8

 

Caproidae

 

 

 

(BOR/678-)

 

 

Denmark

 

5 357

 

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Ireland

15 086

United Kingdom

1 387

Union

21 830

TAC

21 830

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Herring (1)

 

 

Zone:

3a

 

 

 

Clupea harengus

 

 

(HER/03A.)

 

 

Denmark

 

pm

(2)

Analytical TAC

 

 

Germany

pm

(2)

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

Sweden

pm

(2)

Union

pm

(2)

Norway

pm

Faroe Islands

pm

(3)

TAC

pm

(1)

Catches of herring taken in fisheries using nets with mesh sizes equal to or larger than 32 mm.

(2)

Special condition: up to 50 % of this amount may be fished in Union waters of 4 (HER/*04-C.).

(3)

May only be fished in the Skagerrak (HER/*03AN.).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Herring (1)

 

 

Zone:

Union and Norwegian waters of 4 north of 53º30' N

 

Clupea harengus

 

 

(HER/4AB.)

Denmark

 

pm

Analytical TAC

 

 

Germany

pm

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

France

pm

The Netherlands

pm

Sweden

pm

United Kingdom

pm

Union

pm

Faroe Islands

pm

Norway

pm

(2)

TAC

pm

(1)

Catches of herring taken in fisheries using nets with mesh sizes equal to or larger than 32 mm.

(2)

Catches taken within this quota are to be deducted from Norway's share of the TAC. Within the limit of this quota, no more than the quantity given below may be taken in Union waters of 4a and 4b (HER/*4AB-C).

pm

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

Norwegian waters south of 62ºN (HER/*04N-)(1)

Union

pm

(1)

Catches of herring taken in fisheries using nets with mesh sizes equal to or larger than 32 mm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Herring

 

 

Zone:

Norwegian waters south of 62ºN

 

Clupea harengus

 

 

(HER/04-N.)

 

Sweden

 

pm

(1)

Analytical TAC

 

 

Union

pm

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

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

TAC

pm

(1)

By-catches of cod, haddock, pollack and whiting and saithe are to be counted against the quota for these species.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Herring (1)

 

 

Zone:

3a

 

 

 

Clupea harengus

 

 

(HER/03A-BC)

 

Denmark

 

pm

Analytical TAC

 

 

Germany

pm

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

Sweden

pm

Union

pm

TAC

pm

(1)

Exclusively for catches of herring taken as by-catch in fisheries using nets with mesh sizes smaller than 32 mm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Herring (1)

 

 

Zone:

4, 7d and Union waters of 2a

 

Clupea harengus

 

 

(HER/2A47DX)

 

Belgium

 

pm

Analytical TAC

 

 

Denmark

pm

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

Germany

pm

France

pm

The Netherlands

pm

Sweden

pm

United Kingdom

pm

Union

pm

Faroe Islands

pm

TAC

pm

(1)

Exclusively for catches of herring taken as by-catch in fisheries using nets with mesh sizes smaller than 32 mm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Herring (1)

 

 

Zone:

4c, 7d(2)

 

 

 

Clupea harengus

 

 

(HER/4CXB7D)

 

Belgium

 

pm

(3)

Analytical TAC

 

 

Denmark

pm

(3)

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

Germany

pm

(3)

France

pm

(3)

The Netherlands

pm

(3)

United Kingdom

pm

(3)

Union

pm

(3)

TAC

pm

(1)

Exclusively for catches of herring taken in fisheries using nets with mesh sizes equal to or larger than 32 mm.

(2)

Except Blackwater stock: reference is to the herring stock in the maritime region of the Thames estuary within a zone delimited by a rhumb line running due south from Landguard Point (51° 56' N, 1° 19,1' E) to latitude 51° 33' N and hence due west to a point on the coast of the United Kingdom.

(3)

Special condition: up to 50 % of this quota may be taken in 4b (HER/*04B.).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Herring

 

 

Zone:

Union and international waters of 5b, 6b and 6aN(1)

 

Clupea harengus

 

 

(HER/5B6ANB)

 

Germany

 

pm

(2)

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

pm

(2)

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

Ireland

pm

(2)

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

The Netherlands

pm

(2)

United Kingdom

pm

(2)

Union

pm

(2)

TAC

4 170

(1)

Reference is to the herring stock in the part of ICES zone 6a which lies east of the meridian of longitude 7ºW and north of the parallel of latitude 55ºN, or west of the meridian of longitude 7ºW and north of the parallel of latitude 56ºN, 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 56ºN and 57º30' 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

 

1 482

 

Analytical TAC

 

 

The Netherlands

148

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

Union

1 630

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

TAC

1 630

(1)

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

 

 

Species:

Herring

 

 

Zone:

6 Clyde(1)

 

 

 

Clupea harengus

 

 

(HER/06ACL.)

 

United Kingdom

To be established

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Union

To be established

(2)

Article 6 of this Regulation applies.

TAC

To be established

(2)

(1)

Clyde stock: reference is to the herring stock in the maritime area situated to the north-east of a line drawn between:

- the Mull of Kintyre (55°17.9'N, 05°47.8'W);

- a point at position 55°04'N, 05°23'W, and;

- Corsewall Point (55°00.5'N, 05°09.4'W).

(2)

Fixed at the same quantity as the quota of the United Kingdom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Herring

 

 

Zone:

7a(1)

 

 

 

Clupea harengus

 

 

(HER/07A/MM)

 

Ireland

 

1 795

 

Analytical TAC

 

 

United Kingdom

5 101

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

Union

6 896

TAC

6 896

(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

 

 

United Kingdom

465

Union

930

TAC

930

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Herring

 

 

Zone:

7g(1), 7h(1), 7j(1) and 7k(1)

 

Clupea harengus

 

 

(HER/7G-K.)

 

Germany

 

53

 

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

293

Ireland

4 097

The Netherlands

293

United Kingdom

6

Union

4 742

TAC

4 742

(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.

 

 

 

 

Species:

Anchovy

 

 

Zone:

8

 

 

 

Engraulis encrasicolus

 

 

(ANE/08.)

 

 

Spain

 

pm

 

Precautionary TAC

 

 

France

pm

Union

pm

TAC

pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Anchovy

 

 

Zone:

9 and 10; Union waters of CECAF 34.1.1

 

Engraulis encrasicolus

 

 

(ANE/9/3411)

 

Spain

 

0

(1)

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Portugal

0

(1)

Union

0

(1)

TAC

0

(1)

(1)

The quota may only be fished from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Cod

 

 

Zone:

Skagerrak

 

 

 

Gadus morhua

 

 

(COD/03AN.)

 

Belgium

 

pm

 

Analytical TAC

 

 

Denmark

pm

Germany

pm

The Netherlands

pm

Sweden

pm

Union

pm

TAC

pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Cod

 

 

Zone:

Kattegat

 

 

 

Gadus morhua

 

 

(COD/03AS.)

 

Denmark

 

294

(1)

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Germany

6

(1)

Sweden

176

(1)

Union

476

(1)

TAC

476

(1)

(1)

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Cod

 

 

Zone:

4; Union waters of 2a; that part of 3a not covered by the Skagerrak and Kattegat

 

Gadus morhua

 

 

(COD/2A3AX4)

Belgium

 

pm

Analytical TAC

 

 

Denmark

pm

Germany

pm

France

pm

The Netherlands

pm

Sweden

pm

United Kingdom

pm

Union

pm

Norway

pm

(1)

TAC

pm

(1)

May be taken in Union waters. Catches taken within this quota are to be deducted from Norway's share of the TAC.

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

Norwegian waters of 4 (COD/*04N-)

Union

pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Cod

 

 

Zone:

Norwegian waters south of 62ºN

 

Gadus morhua

 

 

(COD/04-N.)

Sweden

 

pm

(1)

Analytical TAC

 

 

Union

pm

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

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

TAC

Not relevant

(1)

By-catches of haddock, pollack and whiting and saithe are to be counted against the quota for these species.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Cod

 

 

Zone:

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

Gadus morhua

 

(COD/5W6-14)

 

Belgium

 

0

 

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Germany

2

France

23

Ireland

9

United Kingdom

40

Union

74

TAC

74

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Cod

 

 

Zone:

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

 

Gadus morhua

 

 

 

(COD/5BE6A)

 

Belgium

 

0

 

Analytical TAC

 

 

Germany

0

France

0

Ireland

0

United Kingdom

0

Union

0

TAC

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Cod

 

 

Zone:

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

 

Gadus morhua

 

 

 

(COD-BC/5BE6A)

 

Union

 

1 396

(1)

Analytical TAC

 

 

TAC

1 396

(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

 

22

(1)

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

59

(1)

Ireland

377

(1)

The Netherlands

5

(1)

United Kingdom

344

(1)

Union

807

(1)

(1)

TAC

807

(1)

(1)

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Cod

 

 

Zone:

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

Gadus morhua

 

of CECAF 34.1.1

 

 

 

 

(COD/7XAD34)

 

Belgium

 

0

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

0

Article 12(1) of this Regulation applies

Ireland

0

The Netherlands

0

United Kingdom

0

Union

0

TAC

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Cod

 

 

Zone:

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

Gadus morhua

 

of CECAF 34.1.1

 

 

 

 

 

(COD-BC/7XAD34)

 

Union

pm

(1)

TAC

pm

(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:

7d

 

 

 

Gadus morhua

 

 

 

(COD/07D.)

 

Belgium

 

pm

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

pm

The Netherlands

pm

United Kingdom

pm

Union

pm

TAC

pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Megrims

 

 

Zone:

Union waters of 2a and 4

 

 

Lepidorhombus spp.

 

 

 

(LEZ/2AC4-C)

 

Belgium

 

9

 

Analytical TAC

 

 

Denmark

7

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

Germany

7

France

47

The Netherlands

37

United Kingdom

2 780

Union

2 887

TAC

2 887

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Megrims

 

 

Zone:

Union and international waters of 5b; 6;

Lepidorhombus spp.

 

international waters of 12 and 14

 

 

 

 

(LEZ/56-14)

 

Spain

 

609

 

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

2 377

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

Ireland

695

United Kingdom

1 682

Union

5 363

TAC

5 363

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Megrims

 

 

Zone:

7

 

 

 

Lepidorhombus spp.

 

 

 

(LEZ/07.)

 

 

Belgium

 

490

(1)

Analytical TAC

 

 

Spain

5 440

(2)

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

France

6 602

(2)

Article 12(1) of this Regulation applies

Ireland

3 001

(1)

United Kingdom

2 599

(1)

Union

18 132

TAC

18 132

(1)

5 % of this quota may be used in 8a, 8b, 8d and 8e (LEZ/*8ABDE) for by-catches in directed fisheries for sole.

(2)

25 % of this quota may be fished in 8a, 8b, 8d and 8e (LEZ/*8ABDE).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Megrims

 

 

Zone:

8a, 8b, 8d and 8e

 

 

Lepidorhombus spp.

 

 

 

(LEZ/8ABDE.)

 

Spain

 

943

 

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

761

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

Union

1 704

TAC

1 704

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Megrims

 

 

Zone:

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

 

Lepidorhombus spp.

 

 

 

(LEZ/8C3411)

 

Spain

 

1 728

 

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

86

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

Portugal

58

Union

1 872

TAC

1 872

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Anglerfish

 

 

Zone:

Union waters of 2a and 4

 

Lophiidae

 

(ANF/2AC4-C)

 

Belgium

 

pm

(1)

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Denmark

pm

(1)

Germany

pm

(1)

France

pm

(1)

The Netherlands

pm

(1)

Sweden

pm

(1)

United Kingdom

pm

(1)

Union

pm

(1)

TAC

pm

(1)

Special condition: of which up to 10 % may be fished in: 6; Union and international waters of 5b; international waters of 12 and 14 (ANF/*56-14).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Anglerfish

 

 

Zone:

Norwegian waters of 4

 

Lophiidae

 

(ANF/04-N.)

 

Belgium

 

pm

 

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Denmark

pm

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

Germany

pm

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

The Netherlands

pm

United Kingdom

pm

Union

pm

TAC

Not relevant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Anglerfish

 

 

Zone:

6; Union and international waters of 5b; international waters of 12 and 14

Lophiidae

 

(ANF/56-14)

 

Belgium

 

pm

 

Precautionary TAC

 

 

Germany

pm

Spain

pm

France

pm

Ireland

pm

The Netherlands

pm

United Kingdom

pm

Union

pm

TAC

pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Anglerfish

 

 

Zone:

7

 

 

 

Lophiidae

 

 

 

(ANF/07.)

 

 

Belgium

 

3 049

(1)

Analytical TAC

 

 

Germany

340

(1)

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

Spain

1 212

(1)

Article 12(1) of this Regulation applies

France

19 568

(1)

Ireland

2 501

(1)

The Netherlands

395

(1)

United Kingdom

5 934

(1)

Union

32 999

(1)

TAC

32 999

(1)

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Anglerfish

 

 

Zone:

8a, 8b, 8d and 8e

 

 

Lophiidae

 

 

 

(ANF/8ABDE.)

 

Spain

 

1 275

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

7 096

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

Union

8 371

TAC

8 371

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Anglerfish

 

 

Zone:

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

 

Lophiidae

 

 

 

(ANF/8C3411)

 

Spain

 

3 353

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

3

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

Portugal

667

Union

4 023

TAC

4 023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Haddock

 

 

Zone:

3a

 

 

 

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

 

 

 

(HAD/03A.)

 

Belgium

 

pm

Analytical TAC

 

 

Denmark

pm

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

Germany

pm

The Netherlands

pm

Sweden

pm

Union

pm

TAC

pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Haddock

 

 

Zone:

4; Union waters of 2a

 

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

 

 

(HAD/2AC4.)

Belgium

 

pm

Analytical TAC

 

 

Denmark

pm

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

Germany

pm

France

pm

The Netherlands

pm

Sweden

pm

United Kingdom

pm

Union

pm

Norway

pm

TAC

pm

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

Norwegian waters of 4 (HAD/*04N-)

 

Union

pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Haddock

 

 

Zone:

Norwegian waters south of 62ºN

 

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

 

 

 

(HAD/04-N.)

 

Sweden

pm

(1)

Analytical TAC

Union

pm

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

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

TAC

Not relevant

(1)

By-catches of cod, pollack, whiting and saithe are to be counted against the quota for these species.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Haddock

 

 

Zone:

Union and international waters of 6b, 12 and 14

 

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

 

 

 

(HAD/6B1214)

 

Belgium

 

23

Analytical TAC

 

 

Germany

28

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

France

1 155

Ireland

824

United Kingdom

8 439

Union

10 469

TAC

10 469

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Haddock

 

 

Zone:

Union and international waters of 5b and 6a

 

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

 

 

 

(HAD/5BC6A.)

 

Belgium

 

pm

(1)

Analytical TAC

 

 

Germany

pm

(1)

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

France

pm

(1)

Ireland

pm

(1)

United Kingdom

pm

(1)

Union

pm

TAC

pm

(1)

Not more than 10 % of this quota may be fished in 4; Union waters of 2a (HAD/*2AC4.).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Haddock

 

 

Zone:

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

 

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

 

 

 

(HAD/7X7A34)

 

Belgium

 

66

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

3 958

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

Ireland

1 319

Article 12(1) of this Regulation applies

United Kingdom

594

Union

5 937

TAC

5 937

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Haddock

 

 

Zone:

7a

 

 

 

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

 

 

 

(HAD/07A.)

 

Belgium

 

59

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

271

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

Ireland

1 619

United Kingdom

1 790

Union

3 739

TAC

3 739

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Whiting

 

 

Zone:

3a

 

 

Merlangius merlangus

 

 

 

(WHG/03A.)

 

Denmark

 

pm

Precautionary TAC

 

 

The Netherlands

pm

Sweden

pm

Union

pm

TAC

pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Whiting

 

 

Zone:

4; Union waters of 2a

 

Merlangius merlangus

 

 

(WHG/2AC4.)

Belgium

 

pm

Analytical TAC

 

 

Denmark

pm

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

Germany

pm

France

pm

The Netherlands

pm

Sweden

pm

United Kingdom

pm

Union

pm

Norway

pm

(1)

TAC

pm

(1)

May be taken in Union waters. Catches taken within this quota are to be deducted from Norway's share of the TAC.

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

Norwegian waters of 4 (WHG/*04N-)

 

Union

 

pm

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Whiting

 

 

Zone:

6; Union and international waters of 5b; international waters of 12 and 14

Merlangius merlangus

 

 

 

(WHG/56-14)

 

Germany

 

0

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

0

Ireland

0

United Kingdom

0

Union

0

TAC

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Whiting

 

 

Zone:

6; Union and international waters of 5b; international waters of 12 and 14

 

Merlangius merlangus

 

 

 

(WHG-BC/56-14)

 

Union

 

1 238

(1)

Analytical TAC

 

 

TAC

1 238

(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

 

0

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

0

Ireland

0

The Netherlands

0

United Kingdom

0

Union

0

TAC

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Whiting

 

 

Zone:

7a

 

 

 

Merlangius merlangus

 

 

 

(WHG-BC/07A.)

 

Union

 

612

Analytical TAC

 

 

TAC

612

(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

 

pm

Analytical TAC

 

 

France

pm

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

Ireland

pm

Article 12(1) of this Regulation applies

The Netherlands

pm

United Kingdom

pm

Union

pm

TAC

pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Whiting

 

 

Zone:

8

 

 

 

Merlangius merlangus

 

 

 

(WHG/08.)

 

 

Spain

 

1 016

Precautionary TAC

 

 

France

1 524

Union

2 540

TAC

2 540

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Whiting and pollack

 

Zone:

Norwegian waters south of 62ºN

Merlangius merlangus and

 

(W/P/04-N.)

 

Pollachius pollachius

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweden

 

pm

(1)

Precautionary TAC

Union

pm

TAC

Not relevant

(1)

By-catches of cod, haddock and saithe are to be counted against the quota for these species.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Hake

 

 

Zone:

3a

 

 

 

Merluccius merluccius

 

 

 

(HKE/03A.)

 

Denmark

 

3 950

(1)

Analytical TAC

 

 

Sweden

336

(1)

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

Union

4 286

TAC

4 286

(1)

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Hake

 

 

Zone:

Union waters of 2a and 4

 

 

Merluccius merluccius

 

 

 

(HKE/2AC4-C)

Belgium

 

71

(1)

Analytical TAC

 

 

Denmark

2 888

(1)

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

Germany

331

(1)

France

639

(1)

The Netherlands

166

(1)

United Kingdom

899

(1)

Union

4 994

(1)

TAC

4 994

(1)

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

`

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Hake

 

 

Zone:

6 and 7; Union and international waters of 5b;

Merluccius merluccius

 

international waters of 12 and 14

 

 

 

 

(HKE/571214)

Belgium

 

733

(1)

Analytical TAC

 

 

Spain

23 512

Article 7(2) of this Regulation applies

France

36 310

(1)

Article 12(1) of this Regulation applies

Ireland

4 400

The Netherlands

473

(1)

United Kingdom

14 334

(1)

Union

79 762

TAC

79 762

(1)

Transfers of this quota may be effected to Union waters of 2a and 4. However, such transfers shall be notified 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

95

Spain

3 793

France

3 793

Ireland

474

The Netherlands

47

United Kingdom

2 134

Union

10 336

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species:

Hake

 

 

Zone:

8a, 8b, 8d and 8e

 

 

Merluccius merluccius

 

 

 

(HKE/8ABDE.)

Belgium

 

23

(1)

Analytical TAC

 

 

Spain