Bay of Biscay

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Biscay, Bay of

(bĭs`kā), arm of the Atlantic Ocean, indenting the coast of W Europe from Ushant island (Île d'Ouessant) off Brittany, NW France, to Cape Ortegal, NW Spain. The bay is noted for its sudden, severe storms and its strong currents. The rocky northeastern and southern coasts of Biscay are irregular with many good harbors; numerous offshore islands are there. The southeastern shore is straight and sandy. The chief ports are Brest, Saint-Nazaire, La Rochelle, and Bayonne in France and San Sebastián, Bilbao, and Santander in Spain. Nantes and Bordeaux, at the head of the Loire and Garonne estuaries, respectively, in France, are also reached by oceangoing ships. There are several resorts along the French coast, notably Biarritz. The bay has important fishing and oyster grounds.
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On the fisheries side, the Council meeting will focus largely on an attempt to agree on a recovery plan for Southern hake and Norway lobster stocks in the Portuguese and Spanish waters of the Cantabrian Sea and the Western Iberian Peninsula.
The Ministers will also discuss the launch of two fish stock recovery plans - the first for Southern hake and Norway lobster stocks in the Cantabrian Sea and Western Iberian peninsula, and the second for the recovery of sole stocks in the Western Channel and Bay of Biscay.
Member States failed to agree on the Commission proposal to protect hake and Norway lobster in the Cantabrian Sea and off the West coast of the Iberian peninsula at the Council fisheries working group meeting on September 9.