2005 European fishing limits agreed

In tortuous pre-Christmas negotiations, EU fisheries ministers agreed total allowable catches (TACs) and national quotas for 2005. TACs were set on average 15% lower than in 2004, though this was higher than proposed by the European Commission (EED 08/12/04). The Commission 's call for a ban on cod fishing in parts of the North Sea was rejected, though a partial summer ban in the Baltic was passed. In several areas boats will be allowed to fish for severely depleted stocks for fewer days. See Council conclusions, and press releases from Commission, WWF, Scottish fishermen's federation.

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