The Director-General of DG MARE has replied to a request from NWWAC regarding the inclusion of rising sea temperatures effects on Celtic Sea cod
The Director-General of DG MARE, Charlina Vitcheva has informed the North Western Waters Advisory Council (NWWAC) that until ICES changes and includes rising sea temperatures in its assessments, the EU will continue following the present advice from ICES.
The Director-General was replying to advice from the Advisory Council which recommended including the problem of rising sea temperatures in the assessment of Celtic Sea cod.
The AC stated in its advice that the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES), by not taking into account rising sea temperatures, is skewing the understanding of the future viability of cod fisheries in the Celtic Seas.
In their recommendation, the NWWAC referred that temperatures in the Celtic Sea was affecting cod reproduction, and cod spawning frequency has become unpredictable.