Celtic Sea Effort Control

29th April 2009 in Celtic Sea

There are signs that the arguments put forward by the NFFO, Cornish Fish Producers’ Organisation along with our allies in France and Ireland, have persuaded the Commission that it would be a mistake to include the Celtic Sea in the Cod Recovery Plan

There are signs that the arguments put forward by the NFFO, Cornish Fish Producers’ Organisation along with our allies in France and Ireland, have persuaded the Commission that it would be a mistake to include the Celtic Sea in the Cod Recovery Plan - with associated inclusion in the days at sea regime. At a recent meeting of the North West Waters Regional Advisory Council held in Paris, Commission officials indicated that the case put forward - that the ultra-mixed fisheries that characterise of Celtic sea should not be managed through a blunt instrument like effort control – had been persuasive and that the goal of including the Celtic sea in the Cod Recovery Plan from 1st January 2010 had been dropped .

This is an important recognition that the Celtic sea should not be shoehorned into the cod recovery plan but that a more tailored approach is required. The NFFO and the CFPO have been working with the European Association of Fish Producers’ and the NWWRAC to develop an alternative approach since moves to include the Celtic sea in the Cod Recovery Plan when it was adopted by the Council of Ministers in November were fought off.

It is important to continue this work as the Commission indicated that it will now consider cod recovery measures in the Celtic sea as part of a review of the Western Waters Effort Regime, which has been in place since the late 1990s. A package of measures, including the Trevose seasonal closure, improved selectivity and capacity and effort caps are under consideration by an industry working group and a meeting with scientists will be held in May or early June to progress the initiative.