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White Fish

Volume 165: debated on Friday 19 January 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the national fixed percentage share of the seven main edible white fish species in fishing area VII in (a) 1983, (b) 1986, (c) 1989 and for 1990 for each European Community country; and if he will make a statement.

The percentage shares of total allowable catches between member states were set as part of the 1983 common fisheries policy settlement and are shown in the table:

Member state percentage shares of main white fish stocks in area VII






United Kingdom

Cod VII excluding VIIa4·576·410·20·68·3
Cod VIIa2·77·346·70·742·7
Haddock VII1·166·722·210·0
Saithe VII0·356·328·115·4
Whiting VIIa10·66·939·60·152·8
Whiting VII excluding VIIa1·060·027·810·7
Plaice VIIa5·12·240·01·651·1
Plaice VIId, e16·454·529·1
Plaice VIIIf, g24·844·86·923·5
Plaice VIIh, j, k26·112·643·525·312·5
Sole VIIa49·40·612·215·622·2
Sole VIId26·953·819·2
Sole VIIe3·537·758·8
Sole VIIf, g62·56·33·128·1
Sole VIIh, j, k8·316·745·113·216·7
Hake Vb, VI, VII, VIII20·680·04·914·5

1 For 1990 Hague Preference invoked. Member states' allocation adjusted accordingly. Figures in brackets show resulting percentage share-out for 1990 only.

2 Allocation key first established in 1984 when TAC first set for this stock.

The percentage shares, which safeguard relative stability, apply each year except when stocks fall to a level when the Hague Preference is involved. This happened for the first time in area VII for the 1990 whiting quota for Ireland.