Fishing opportunities for 2012

On 16 December 2011, the Council decided on the fixing of fishing opportunities for the following year. Fishing limits were set higher than the levels advocated by scientific advice, and for 53 stocks, including fisheries which are currently overfished and even for species classified as endangered, the difference is over 10 %.

For example, the Atlantic halibut (Hipoglossus hipoglossus), classified as an endangered species by the IUCN, had its quota increased for 2012, in Greenland waters V and XIV by 12 % and in Greenland waters NAFO 0&1 by 167 %.

In the light of the above, can the Council:

1. specify the studies consulted in order to decide on the fixing of fishing opportunities;
2. explain the grounds and scientific advice on which it based its decision to increase the TAC for the Atlantic halibut (Hipoglossus hipoglossus) for 2012;
3. specify whether monitoring is being carried out, and if so, indicate what form of monitoring has been employed regarding the state of the Atlantic halibut stocks in the aforementioned fishing zones?