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Fishing: Cod

Volume 697: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How, at the forthcoming European Council of Ministers, they will take into account the advice of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea on the establishment of quotas for cod in the North Sea. [HL630]

The total allowable catch (TAC) for cod in the North Sea was decided in an agreement between the European Union and Norway on 27 November 2007 and will be ratified at the December European Agriculture and Fisheries Council of Ministers. A cod TAC increase of 11 was secured. This is a significant step in helping fisheries managers to reduce discarding of the stock. It is also consistent with the EU cod recovery plan and International Council for the Exploration of the Sea scientific advice which indicates that the status of the stock is improving, through the recruitment of the 2005 year class. The UK, and other member states, are also committed to reducing discards in fisheries which catch cod. The UK is therefore currently piloting a number of measures within the North Sea cod fishery to reduce further mortality of cod.