NWWAC writes to Commission regarding TAC settings for cod, haddock & whiting in Irish Sea
The North West Waters Advisory Council (NWWAC) has written to the Director-General of DG MARE, Ms Charlina Vitcheva on the issue of the total allowable catch (TAC) settings for cod, haddock and whiting in areas of the Irish Sea.
Emiel Brouckaert, Chairman Executive Committee has written to the Director-General on behalf of the members asking why they had not received clarification on the subject having not previously received a reply.
The letter reads:
TAC setting for cod, haddock and whiting in Irish Sea statistical rectangles, 33E2 and 33E3 During the most recent meeting of the North Western Waters AC’s Working Group 4 (Irish Sea), its members discussed the drafting of advice on the Commission’s consultation on Fishing Opportunities 2021.
Members noted that their request for clarification contained in last year’s response on the same subject had not been addressed and would like to reiterate their query as it is still valid for the 2021 TAC setting for the above mentioned stocks.
“It is noted that catches of cod, haddock and whiting in the two Irish Sea statistical rectangles, 33E2 and 33E3, are included in the relevant assessment for the Celtic Sea and not in the Irish Sea assessments. For cod and haddock, the catches in these statistical rectangles are quite significant (18% of catches of cod and 7.5% of haddock). However, as it is not altogether clear how this translates into setting the TACs for these stocks in the Irish Sea and Celtic Sea the NWWAC seeks clarification as to whether these catches are included in the TACs for the Irish Sea or Celtic Sea.”
Thank you for your attention on this matter, I look forward to your response