Fisheries council statement

20 December 2011

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Richard Benyon, made a statement in the House of Commons on Monday 19 December on the outcome of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting which took place on 15-16 December.

Agriculture and Fisheries Council

The Agriculture and Fisheries Council brings together ministers from all EU Member States responsible for agriculture and fisheries in the European Union. Together they negotiate and adopt legislation.

The Fisheries Council met on 15-16 December and agreed changes to the number of fishing days and the total allowable catch.

Total allowable catches (TACs) are catch limits that are set for most significant commercial fish stocks. TACs are proposed by the Commission on the basis of scientific advice on the state of the stocks concerned and decided on by the Council of Fisheries Ministers.

Further information on the negotiations and agreement can be found on the European Union Fisheries website and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs website. 

Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Fiona O'Donnell, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.

Watch and read the statement and the views expressed by MPs on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard. Also find parliamentary material on fisheries in the Topics and News sections.

Oral statements

Oral statements are made after Question Time (or at 11am on a Friday). Statements normally relate to matters of policy or government actions. At the end of a statement, MPs can respond or question the government minister on its contents.

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