EU anchovy fishing in the Bay of Biscay

The EU maintains the ban of the anchovy fishing in the Bay of Biscay

The Fishing Council has debated the French request, but “the situation has not changed and the fishing of anchovy will continue to be banned” in those fishing-grounds, according to the European Fishing spokeswoman Mireille Thom.

The Ministers of Fishing of the European Union have discussed this Monday the ban of fishing anchovy in the Bay of Biscay. “The situation has not changed” informs the European Fishing spokeswoman Mireille Thom.

France demanded that the ban that came into force in July and will last until September would be cancelled. The French Minister requested that the ban should just be related to fishing in reproduction areas.

The Fishing Council has debated the French request, but “since the situation has not changed the fishing will still be banned for three months” in those fishing-grounds, according to the spokeswoman.

What will happen after September?

Regarding if the ban will be maintained after September, Thom has pointed out that it will depend on the scientific reports, the one of the Committee of technical and economic experts to be precise.

The Spanish Minister of Agriculture and Fishing Elena Espinosa has considered that the EU countries have already been sent technical reports about the “shortage of anchovy”.

Since July 1st

The European Commission decreed the ban last July 1st for a period of three months following the recommendations of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) in order to recover the species.

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