TACs: What Oceana Does
Political commitment to correctly apply this system is fundamental and, as such, one of Oceana’s main objectives is to pressure and influence the decisions made concerning TACs.
Oceana believes it is necessary to maintain the TAC system and has expressed this in its recommendations for the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), as long as the system is applied following scientific recommendations.
In this sense, Oceana studies the scientific publications, monitors the recommended TACs and reports abuse committed in the assignation of quotas that exceed scientific recommendations.
During the campaigns on board the Oceana Ranger, Oceana scientists document illegal fishing activities and collect data that is subsequently analysed and studied. This way, the information is contrasted and the illegal activities carried out by the European fishing fleet are reported.
In addition, Oceana publishes an annual analysis of the proposed TACs and quotas. These analyses shed light on the infringements of recommendations and analyse the situation of the target species. These documents are made public and are sent to the administrations involved in the decision-making processes.
Half of 2013 fishing opportunities set by EU Fisheries Ministers are above scientific recommendationsPress Release20/12/2012