faroe grounds catch limits

ICES has released advice on catch limits for cod, haddock and saithe on the Faroe Grounds for 2023 and 2024

The International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) has released further advice today on fishing opportunities for cod, haddock and saithe in the Northeast Atlantic Faroe Grounds for 2023 and 2024.

Cod – Faroe Grounds

On Cod in Subdivision 5.b.1 (Faroe Plateau), ICES has advised that when the MSY approach and precautionary considerations are applied, there should be zero catch for the years 2023 and 2024. ICES say it is not in a position to advise on the corresponding level of fishing effort.

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On the quality of the assessment ICES says the 2018 to 2020 recruitment estimates have been revised downwards in the updated assessment. There is a tendency for the assessment to overestimate biomass and recruitment while underestimating fishing mortality, which may indicate model or data issues. The assessment is mainly driven by catches, with little weight given to survey indices.  The plot does not show the line for fishing mortality that ends in 2021 because this year’s assessment estimated fishing mortality in the current year (year y) while the last year in previous assessments was the last full calendar year.

ICES claim that cod on the Faroe Plateau is in a poor state.

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On Cod in Subdivision 5.b.2 (Faroe Bank), ICES has advised that when the MSY approach is applied, catches should be no more than 78 tonnes in each of the years 2023 and 2024.

On the quality of the assessment ICES says the assessment is based on catch rates in the Faroese summer survey.  The summer survey suggest that the biomass is generally increasing since 2019. Although the spring survey has declined over the last two years the values since 2020 have been high.

The Faroe bank (shallow areas <200 m) has been closed to commercial fisheries from 2008 to 2021, except for a small handline fishery. Over the last 10 years catches have been limited to bycatch from fisheries in deeper waters around the Faroe Bank and the small catches from handlining. In 2022 the fishery has reopened to longlining. The spring and summer surveys have caught very few small fish in recent years which could be an indicator for low recruitment. The advice in 2022 is based on category 3 (rb rule, method 2.3). The previous advice was zero catch. Advice will be given biennially.

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Haddock – Faroe Grounds

On Haddock in Subdivision 5.b (Faroe grounds), ICES has advised that when the MSY approach is applied, catches in 2023 should be no more than 11,853 tonnes. ICES is not in a position to advise on the corresponding level of fishing effort.

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Saithe – Faroe Grounds

On Saithe in Subdivision 5.b (Faroe grounds), ICES has advised s that when the MSY approach is applied, catches in 2023 should be no more than 17,843 tonnes. ICES is not in a position to advise on the corresponding level of fishing effort.

On the stock development ICES says fishing pressure on the stock is below FMSY and spawning-stocksize is above MSY Btrigger, Bpa, and Blim.

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ICES issues catch limits advice for Cod, Haddock and Saithe on Faroe Grounds

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