The Council of the European Union agreed on 15 October on next year’s total allowable catches and EU states’ quotas for the ten most commercially important fish stocks in the Baltic Sea.

The agreement sets out how much European fishermen will be able to fish and under what conditions. Cuts were particularly significant for cod, where the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council cut the western Baltic Sea quota by 60%, with permission to have by-catches only in the Eastern part.

“Today’s agreement not only allows for stock recovery, but also helps mitigate the socio-economic effects on EU fishermen”, said Jari Leppä, Minister for agriculture and forestry of Finland and President of the Council.