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In response to the next EU Fisheries Council in which fishing opportunities for 2015 will be decided, Oceana would like to provide a constructive opinion on how fishing opportunities should be set for stocks in the North East Atlantic.

The fishing opportunities for 2015 will be the first to be legally adopted under the commitments of Maximum Sustainable Yield and the obligation to land all catches. Oceana considers these management objectives, together with the fulfilment of the scientific recommendations, as a cornerstone for responsible exploitation and recovery of fish stocks.

It is our hope that the Member States take into account the recommendations contained in this document, and that the Council decision on fishing opportunities for 2015 will contribute to achieving the objectives agreed in the new Common Fisheries Policy.

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