Agreement on 2018 EU Fishing Quotas for the Atlantic and the North Sea Reached by the Council of the European Union

Update - Agreement on 2018 EU Fishing Quotas for the Atlantic and the North Sea Reached by the Council of the European Union - As a result of this Council decision, the "... number of fish stocks managed at maximum sustainable yield (MSY) levels will increase next year to 53, 9 more than in 2017 ... In view of the critical state of eel fisheries, it will be prohibited to fish for European eel of an overall length of 12 cm or more in Union waters of ICES areas, including the Baltic Sea, for a consecutive three-month period to be determined by each member state between 1 September 2018 and 31 January 2019 ... Concerning sea bass the Council acknowledged the bad state of stocks in the Celtic Sea, Channel, Irish Sea and southern North Sea and their importance for many countries. It consequently decided to make additional efforts by only allowing limited fisheries with certain gears in those areas, while providing for a two months closure to protect spawning aggregations ..."