For the first time since the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the European Union, the European Commission is proposing to regulate fishing in the Black Sea in order to allow stocks to recover. The Commission proposes a Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for 2008 of 90 tonnes for turbot and 15,000 tonnes for sprat, the two main commercial stocks targeted by the Bulgarian and Romanian fleets. The TAC for sprat is unallocated, while the TAC for turbot would be divided equally between the two countries. The proposal also sets out technical measures for turbot fishing, specifically a minimum mesh size of 200 mm and a minimum landed size of 450 mm. During a transitional period the minimum mesh size allowable is 180 mm to enable the Bulgarian fleet to adapt.