During the presentations of the 2020 fishing opportunities to the PECH Committee on 24 September and 11 November 2019, the Commission highlighted that the scientific advice had been reviewed as compared to previous years for a number of stocks, which led to strong reductions in the proposed 2020 fishing opportunities also for western herring (- 65 %, after already strong reductions in 2018 – 39 % and 2019 – 48 %) and western Baltic cod (- 60 %). The Commission also explained that the remaining TAC of 2 000 tonnes for eastern Baltic cod was based on its own estimation of the unavoidable by-catch of other fisheries (such as plaice and pelagic fisheries). Figure 3 shows the evolution of the TACs for western herring and the two cod stocks in the Baltic Sea over the last five years.
Fishing opportunities for the western herring and Baltic cod stocks (2016 – 2020, in tonnes)
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