West of Scotland, Irish and Celtic Sea stocks

| June 11, 2010

In the EU’s latest Consultation on Fishing Opportunities for 2011, their latest assessment of the fish stocks for the West of Scotland, Irish and Celtic Sea stocks show that many stocks are depleted.

It also shows there are widespread problems with recording of catches and other data to the point that the state of the resources could not be assessed in 29 out of 48 stocks.

Out of 18 stocks where the maximum sustainable yield (MSY) could be assessed, 13 were overfished and 10 stocks were subject to a closure advice.

Unsurprisingly total allowable catches (TACs) for the previous year exceeded scientific advice by 49%. It is worth noting that TACs have been exceeded by 47% on average since 2003, which begs the question as to why they bother in the first place.

It is expected that long-term management plans will be proposed for west of Scotland haddock

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