Spain has welcomed the ICES increase in Iberian sardine quota which will allow it's inshore fleet to fish an extra 7,000 tonnes in 2023

Spain has welcomed the ICES increase in Iberian sardine quota which will allow it’s inshore fleet to fish an extra 7,000 tonnes in 2023

  • ICES confirms, with this quota increase for next year, the good state of the fishing resource that is managed jointly by Spain and Portugal
  • Minister Luis Planas highlights that this positive trend reflects the magnificent work done by the fishing sector; scientists, with the monitoring and evaluation of fishing resources; as well as for the good management of the Portuguese and Spanish administrations with their coordinated action in these years

The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has assessed the opinion of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) to increase the catches of Iberian sardines by 7,000 tonnes, up to 48,841 for next year. 

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The good state of the fishing resource, which is managed jointly between Spain and Portugal, allows this increase, compared to the 41,777 initially allocated for 2023, under the Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) approach included in the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

The opinion, published yesterday, confirms the trend of improvement of the fishing resource in recent years and shows a recruitment of the population that is the second best in the historical series since 2004, after 2019, which makes it possible to ensure a clear consolidation of the recovery of the Iberian sardine (ICES zones 8c and 9c).

The Spanish fleets that will benefit from this increase in catches are those of the purse-seine, racú (tradiditonal fishing boats from Galicia) and piobardeira and xeito of the Cantabrian and Northwest (which use gear aimed at highly selective sardines) and the purse-seine of the Gulf of Cádiz.

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, stressed that this positive trend reflects the magnificent work carried out by the fishing sector; scientists, with the monitoring and evaluation of fishing resources; as well as for the good management of the Portuguese and Spanish administrations with their coordinated action in these years

Spain and Portugal have been carrying out sustainable management of this species for years by applying joint management plans, the last one endorsed by ICES in 2021 and approved by the administrations of both countries.

This ICES recommendation will be the basis for determining at the beginning of next year, by the Spanish fisheries administration and in common agreement with the Portuguese administration, the quota that can be fished by the fleet of each country in 2023.

Thanks to this collaboration, the sardine fishery is managed systematically in accordance with management rules validated by this Council as precautionary, and which last year allowed a joint sardine quota of 44,262 tonnes to be established.

The biological improvement of the fishing resource endorsed by the opinion shows the clear recovery of the Iberian sardine, especially when compared with the 9,660 tonnes recommended for the year 2020 or even with the recommendation to catch zero tonnes under this same Maximum Yield approach. Sustainable from previous exercises.

A clear example of success in adapted sustainable management, under the best scientific advice available, and which takes into account the triple balance of sustainability: biological, social and economic, Planas has remarked.

Source: Press Release

 

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Spain welcomes increase of 7,000 tonnes in Iberian sardine quota for 2023

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