Fisheries: 2023 fishing opportunities for Atlantic, North Sea, Kattegat and Skagerrak, Mediterranean and Black Seas adopted

December 13, 2022

This morning, the ministers responsible for fisheries in the Council agreed on fishing opportunities for 2023 for the Atlantic, Kattegat and Skagerrak, including deep-sea stocks for 2023 and 2024, as well as the Mediterranean and the Black Seas. The two respective proposals were made by the Commission earlier this autumn.

In the Atlantic, Kattegat and Skagerrak and the North Sea, the agreement includes 27 total allowable catches (TACs) for the fish stocks managed solely by the EU, as well as strengthened measures to address the critical state of eels.

In the Mediterranean and Black Seas, the agreement introduces, for the first time, catch limits to manage certain Mediterranean species with high commercial value and continues the implementation of the EU Multi-annual Plan for the western Mediterranean.

In the Adriatic Sea, the regulation is keeping current measures for the management of the small pelagic species and demersal stocks.

Finally for the Black Sea, the regulation continues a roll-over of the TAC for turbot, as to carry-over of the unused EU turbot quotas from 2021 to 2023.

More information is in the press release.