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Bulgaria Negotiates Significant Increase in Turbot Fishing Quota

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Bulgaria Negotiates Significant Increase in Turbot Fishing Quota


(October 20, 2017 Sofia) - The 41st Session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) was held in Montenegro this week. Proposals for the adoption of measures for the conservation, management and control of key marine stocks in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea were discussed within the framework of the event.

Of particular importance for Bulgaria is the recommendation for a multiannual plan for the management of turbot fisheries in the Black Sea, which sets out conservation measures for the species in the Black Sea and quantitative restrictions on catches by the countries in the region (Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and Georgia).

Currently, the turbot quota for European Union (EU) fishing vessels sailing under Bulgarian and Romanian flags in the Black Sea amounts to 86.4 tonnes per year andit is set annually by a regulation of the EU Council Council of the EU Regulation.

A significant increase in the EU turbot catch quota was achieved at the meeting. Next year, Bulgaria and Romania will be allowed to fish 114 tonnes of turbot, which is by 32% more than the current quota.

This is major success for Bulgaria given the great importance of this type of fishing for the sector and the challenge of creating equal conditions and fishing regulations for Black Sea countries.

During the GFCM session, the delegates discussed issues related to the promotion of monitoring, and control measures in fisheries, including measures to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, as well as the opportunities to promote the development of sustainable aquaculture in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

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