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Spain manages to smooth the cut of catches of hake south in 2020 up to 5.5 percent

December 18, 2019
Pescadores comprueban el género en un puerto de Marsella.

Fishermen check the genus in a port of Marseille. – REUTERS / JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER – Archive

The fisheries ministers of the European Union have reached this Wednesday morning, after almost twenty-one hours of negotiation, an agreement for the distribution of fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and the North Sea in 2020 that includes a cut of 5, 5 percent in hake catches of Iberian waters, compared to 20 percent raised by the European Commission.

With regard to horse mackerel fish south of Finisterre and in the Gulf of Cádiz, another priority for the Spanish delegation, the final agreement includes an increase of 24.3 percent that contrasts with the 50 percent decrease defended by Brussels.

Spain manages to smooth the cut of catches of hake south in 2020 up to 5.5 percent
Spain manages to smooth the cut of catches of hake south in 2020 up to 5.5 percent

The consensus between the European capitals has arrived shortly before 6.30 am on Wednesday, after the ministers of the branch began discussions at 9.30 on Tuesday and, subsequently, began a long day of meetings between national delegations and with the Community Executive

Thus, the Spanish fleet will be able to fish 5,600 tons of hake in Iberian waters (Cantabrian, Galicia and the Gulf of Cádiz). You can also access 13,000 tons of this species in the Bay of Biscay (19 percent less than in 2019) and 18,700 tons in Gran Sol fishing grounds (20.6 percent less).

The 24.3 percent increase in catches of horse mackerel will allow Spanish flagged vessels to fish up to 30,200 tons of this resource. However, Spain has not been able to alleviate the cut for the horse mackerel of the Cantabrian, whose fishing will descend next year by 41 percent.

The catch of monkfish in Iberian waters (3,350 tons for Spain) will also fall 3.4 percent, although they will be compensated by increases for this species in the Bay of Biscay (7.6 percent) and in the Gran Sol (7 percent).

Rooster fishing is the one that comes out of the negotiation with increases in all populations, especially in Iberian waters (24 percent). Catches of this species will also grow 5.3 percent in the Bay of Biscay and 3.3 percent in northern fishing grounds.


On the other hand, the Cigala fishery in the Cantabrian will remain closed in 2020, thus adding four years of closure. Crayfish catches in the Gulf of Cádiz, meanwhile, will be reduced by 3.7 percent.

Along these lines, the European Commission and Spain have pledged to continue working, through the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), request, whenever possible and according to the data obtained, the review of the situation of the crayfish Cantabrian.

In a press conference, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, highlighted on this issue that “it is reaching a time” in which “the fishery of this resource can be opened soon, although he has preferred Do not “predict” if it will be in the next campaign or the next.


On a global level, the Spanish minister has stressed that the final agreement is “a very good” result for the Spanish fishing sector because “it is in line” with the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and also with the “guidelines” worldwide to ensure that fisheries are sustainable from an environmental point of view but also from an economic and social level.

“Spain achieves its objectives of improving the initial proposals of the Commission after the intense negotiations of these two days”, summarized Planas, and later remarked that this allows Spain to maintain “an adequate level of catches” increasing the total volume of fishing possibilities

“A very positive balance, a very good result has been achieved and I think that it will be good for the sector, it will be good for all the people, of all the fishermen and shipowners involved and I believe that also for the future of our fisheries and our country, “he concluded.

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