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NEWS ALERT // 2023 Fishing opportunities proposal for the Baltic sea

Dear members of EAPO,


DG MARE has published its 2023 TACs proposal for the Baltic sea and a press release entitled “fishing opportunities for 2023 in the Baltic Sea in an effort to recover species”.


The Commission proposes to increase fishing opportunities for central herring and plaice, while maintaining the current levels for salmon and the levels of by-catch of western and eastern cod, as well as western herring. The Commission proposes to decrease fishing opportunities for herring in the Gulf of Bothnia, Riga herring and Sprat, in order to improve the sustainability of those stocks and to allow them to recover.


The press release underlines that “over the past decade, EU fishermen and women, industry and public authorities have made major efforts to rebuild fish stocks in the Baltic Sea. Where complete scientific advice was available, fishing opportunities had already been set in line with the principle of maximum sustainable yield (MSY) for seven out of eight stocks, covering 95% of fish landings by volume. However, commercial stocks of western and eastern cod, western herring, and the many salmon stocks in both the southern Baltic Sea and the rivers of the southern Baltic EU Member States are under severe environmental pressure from habitat loss, due to the degradation of their living environment”.


Table: Overview of TAC changes 2022-2023 (figures in tones except for salmon, which is in number of pieces)




Stock and
ICES fishing zone; subdivision

Council agreement   (in tonnes & % change from 2020 TAC)

Commission proposal
(in tonnes & % change from 2021 TAC)

Western Cod 22-24

489 (-88%)

489 (0%)

Eastern Cod 25-32

595 (0%)

595 (0%)

Western Herring 22-24

788 (-50%)

788 (0%)

Bothnian Herring 30-31

111 345 (-5%)

80 074(-28%)

Riga Herring 28.1

47 697 (+21%)

45 643 (-4%)

Central Herring 25-27, 28.2, 29, 32

53 653 (-45%)

61 051 (+14%)

Sprat 22-32

251 943 (+13%)

201 554 (-20%)

Plaice 22-32

9 050 (+25%)

11 313 (+25%)

Main Basin Salmon 22-31

63 811 (-32%)

63 811 (0%)

Gulf of Finland Salmon 32

9 455 (+6%)

9 455 (0%)



Link to the press release:


Link to the proposal (including the annex):


Best regards,


Julie Aleksandrova
Public Affairs Manager
+32 490 44 18 33


Rue Montoyer, 31 - 1000 Brussels
T +32 (0)2 720 00 73


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