8 Relative Stability |
96. Total Allowable Catches are shared among
the participating Member States based on their historical fishing
activities, which is known as relative stability. However, environmental
changes are likely to result in changes in stock distributions
over time. Professor Rogers told us that:
Climate change is coming into play across European
waters as well, in that our waters are warming and biological
communities are changing. In some cases, it is likely patterns
of primary production, and therefore fisheries production, are
going to change. Whatever we do in terms of fisheries management
in the future in European waters, that is another area that has
to be looked at and taken into account in terms of fisheries management.
Adam Whittle from Billingsgate Seafood Training School
similarly described how they are seeing "Mediterranean species
increasing and less availability of traditional colder water species.
More warmer water species are coming on the market".
97. We heard that changes in the geographical
distribution of stocks and their abundance risks creating a mismatch
between quota availability and stock availability. For example,
on our visit to Hastings, we heard that the allocation of cod
does not match the "abundance" of cod in their inshore
waters, which in turn leads to regulatory discarding.
call for a review of the effect of environmental change on the
future distribution of stocks before the next round of CFP reform,
with the intention of revisiting the relative stability principle
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