Commercial quotas for 2012

| January 11, 2012

In response to the recent fish quota talks Seafish, the authority on seafood, has produced a summary document showing the Total Allowable Catches (TACs) agreed by the European Union in December 2011 for 2012, compared with the scientific recommendations made by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).

According to Phil MacMullen, Head of Environmental Responsibility at Seafish “Our analysis shows 54 stocks as green - either below or complying exactly with ICES advice; nine stocks yellow - within 10% of ICES advice; six red – more than 10% above ICES advice; and 28 stocks with no colour as we don’t have all the information. We have also included an explanation where the agreed TAC does not appear to follow ICES advice.”

Stocks whose  TAC status is red are –

  • Cod in VIIa (+100%) where the agreed TAC is in line with the management plan, however ICES has evaluated this plan for this stock and found it not in accordance with the precautionary approach
  • Common Sole in VIIa (+50%) - where the Spawning Stock Biomass is outside safe biological limits, but the agreed TAC is projected to maintain fishing mortality and result 5% increase in Spawning Stock Biomass
  • Haddock in VIIb-k, VIII, IX, X (+25%) - due to the absence of scientific advice. The stock appears to be increasing, due to a large recruiting year class but a full assessment
    was not possible. Improved selectivity recommended to reduce discarding
  • Megrim in VIIIc, IX & X (+42%) - Agreed TAC is in line with transition to MSY by 2015
  • Nephrops VIII a, b, d, e (+14%) – Proposal was - 15%
  • Whiting VIIb-h, and VIIj-k (+14%) – Proposal was - 15% as there is no reliable assessment and high levels of discarding means the catch is not likely to be controlled by TAC. Selectivity measures recommended

The trend over the last few years has been towards greater compliance, with more TACs being in line with the scientific advice or with less discrepancy from the advice, however, there are still too many stocks being exploited for which there is no information.

Category: Commercial

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