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The ICES has issued its advice on fishing opportunities, catch, and effort in 2021 for Norway lobster (nephrops) in Greater North Sea

The International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES)  has issued its advice on fishing opportunities, catch, and effort for Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) in Greater North Sea ecoregion.

In Division 3.a, functional units 3 and 4 (Skagerrak and Kattegat) the ICES advises that when the EU multiannual plan (MAP) for the North Sea is applied, catches in 2021 that correspond to the F ranges in the MAP are between 12 465 tonnes and 17 585 tonnes, assuming recent discard rates. The entire range is considered precautionary when applying the ICES advice rule. Full advice can be found here.

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In Division 4.a, Functional Unit 10 (northern North Sea, Noup) the ICES advises that when the precautionary approach is applied, catches in each of the years 2021 and 2022 should not exceed 46 tonnes, assuming recent discard rates. To ensure the stock in Functional Unit (FU) 10 is exploited sustainably, management should be implemented at the functional unit level. Full advice can be found here.

In Division 4.a, Functional Unit 32 (northern North Sea, Norway Deep) the ICES advises that when the precautionary approach is applied, catches in each of the years 2021 and 2022 should be no more than 381 tonnes. If this stock is not under the Norwegian discard ban in 2021 and 2022, and discard rates do not change from the recent average, this implies landings of no more than 379 tonnes. Full advice can be found here.

In Division 4.a, Functional Unit 7 (northern North Sea, Fladen Ground) the ICES advises that when the EU multiannual plan (MAP) for the North Sea is applied, catches in 2021 that correspond to the F ranges in the MAP are between 8430 tonnes and 9579 tonnes, assuming recent discard rates. The entire range is considered precautionary when applying the ICES advice rule. To ensure that the stock in Functional Unit (FU) 7 is exploited sustainably, management should be implemented at the functional unit level. The catch in FU 7 has been lower than advised in recent years, and if the difference is transferred to other FUs, this could result in non-precautionary exploitation of those FUs. Full advice can be found here.

In Division 4.a, Functional Unit 9 (central North Sea, Moray Firth) the ICES advises that when the EU multiannual plan (MAP) for the North Sea is applied, catches in 2021 that correspond to the F ranges in the plan are between 911 tonnes and 1180 tonnes, assuming recent discard rates. The entire range is considered precautionary when applying the ICES advice rule. To ensure that the stock in Functional Unit (FU) 9 is exploited sustainably, management should be implemented at the functional unit level. Full advice can be found here.

In Division 4.b, Functional Unit 33 (central North Sea, Horn’s Reef) the ICES advises that when the precautionary approach (PA) is applied, landings in each of the years 2021 and 2022 should not exceed 956 tonnes. ICES cannot quantify the corresponding total catches. To ensure that the stock in Functional Unit (FU) 33 is exploited sustainably, management should be implemented at the functional unit level. Full advice can be found here.

In Division 4.b, Functional Unit 34 (central North Sea, Devil’s Hole) the ICES advises that when the precautionary approach is applied, catches in each of the years 2021 and 2022 should not exceed 566 tonnes, assuming recent discard rates. In order to ensure the stock in this functional unit (FU) is exploited sustainably, management should be implemented at the functional unit level. Full advice can be found here.

In Division 4.b, Functional Unit 6 (central North Sea, Farn Deeps) the ICES advises that when the EU multiannual plan (MAP) for the North Sea is applied, catches in 2021 that correspond to the F ranges in the MAP are between 1991 tonnes and 2310 tonnes, assuming recent discard rates. The entire range is considered precautionary when applying the ICES advice rule. To ensure that the stock in Functional Unit (FU) 6 is exploited sustainably, management should be implemented at the functional unit level. Any substantial transfer of the current surplus fishing opportunities from other FUs to FU 6 could rapidly lead to overexploitation. Full advice can be found here.

In Division 4.b, Functional Unit 8 (central North Sea, Firth of Forth) the ICES advises that when the EU multiannual plan (MAP) for the North Sea is applied, catches in 2021 that correspond to the F ranges in the plan are between 2556 tonnes and 3931 tonnes, assuming recent discard rates. The entire range is considered precautionary when applying the ICES advice rule. To ensure that the stock in Functional Unit (FU) 8 is exploited sustainably, management should be implemented at the functional unit level. Full advice can be found here.

In Subarea 4, outside the functional units (North Sea) ICES advice on fishing opportunities ICES advises that when the precautionary approach is applied, landings should be no more than 301 tonnes in each of the years 2021 and 2022. ICES cannot quantify the corresponding total catches. Full advice can be found here.

In divisions 4.b and 4.c, Functional Unit 5 (central and southern North Sea, Botney Cut–Silver Pit) the ICES advises that when the precautionary approach is applied, catches in each of the years 2021 and 2022 should be no more than 1570 tonnes, assuming recent discard rates. To protect the stock in this functional unit (FU) from continued overexploitation, management should be implemented at the functional unit level. Full advice can be found here.

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Courtsey: Colm Lordon

 Note: This advice sheet is abbreviated due to the COVID-19 disruption. The previous advice issued for 2019 and 2020 is attached as Annex 1.

Brian J McMullin Solicitors
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ICES Advice on 2021 fishing opportunities for Nephrops in the North Sea

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