EFTTA and EAA successfully lobby for cod bag increase

10 Dec 2018
Author: EFTTA

Category: Lobby,News,EFTTA

EFTTA, together with the European Anglers Alliance (EAA) has successfully lobbied for a bag increase for Western Baltic cod.


The 2018 restrictions were three in February and March and five for the rest of the year. In 2019 it will be increased to seven each month of the year.


Jan Kappel, EFTTA Public Affairs Officer, said: "The low bag limits last year and this year has had a devastating impact on angling for cod, causing lost income to angling dependent businesses, resulting in many charter boats operators going out of business, particularly in Germany.


"The EU Commission listened to our worries and originally increased the limit to five fish throughout the year. However, after more lobbying, it has increased that to seven. This is less than we hoped for, but better than five.


"We hope this will be enough to bring back some lost tourism and increase charter boat business in and around the Western Baltic Sea. We are still very unhappy about the positive discrimination offered to the commercial fishing sector.


"The Commission had suggested an increase in the commercial take of as much as 31%. The ministers finally agreed an even bigger increase, 70%! Obviously, we need to lobby again."

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