The latest data on EU fish stocks showed encouraging signs from some stocks, in particular northern hake and mackerel.

However, other stocks showed little or no signs of improvement, notably cod in European waters.

EU fisheries commissioner Joe Borg said the long-term approach was starting to take effect, but much still needed to be done, and the cod recovery plans needed reviewing.

Borg has also called for urgent action to protect the stocks of blue fin Atlantic tuna.

At present, fishing effort is more than three times the level that would provide optimum returns.