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Edelmiro Ulloa and José Antonio Suárez-Llanos, assistant manager and manager of ARVI. (Photo: courtesy El Atlantico)

Sector shows surprise at 2pct reduction of monkfish at Gran Sol

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Thursday, November 08, 2018, 05:20 (GMT + 9)

ARVI, the largest Spanish and European fishing association, has shown its bewilderment at the divergences of the proposals of total allowable catches (TACs) of the European Commission with the recommendations of the scientists of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).

          

            Zone VII,  Gran Sol fishing grounds, in colour green. (Photo: researchgate.net)

In its TAC proposal in the Atlantic and the North Sea, which will mark the fishing opportunities of the Community fleet in 2019, Brussels proposes reductions of fishing quotas in five of 89 marine species, including a 2 per cent cut in the anglerfish or monkfish of the Gran Sol fishery area, when the ICES recommended an increase of 10.7 per cent for that species in that same area.

Gran Sol fishing grounds. (Photo: courtesy La Voz de Galicia) ►

The Commission does not agree with the scientists either when proposing a 27 per cent increase in the hake quota in zone 7 of the fishing ground, when from the ICES it has been recommended to increase that TAC by only 23 per cent.

"We support the scientific recommendations of ICES for zone 7, the fishing ground of Gran Sol, and we are surprised at the differences wielded by Brussels in both the increases and the decreases in proposed quotas," says José Antonio Suárez-Llanos, managing director of ARVI.

"We do not understand why the EC does not respect the guidelines expressed by the scientists, either related to the monkfish, on which the Galician fleet depends in large part, or to the hake," he adds.

 

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