ICES has released its advice on fishing opportunities 2023 for NE Atlantic

ICES has released its advice on fishing opportunities 2023 for NE Atlantic

The ICES has released its advice on fishing opportunities for 2023 for North East Atlantic areas including the West of Scotland, the North Sea, Irish Sea and Celtic Sea.

Here is a quick summary below:

Cod (Gadus morhua) in Subarea 4, Division 7.d, and Subdivision 20 (North Sea, eastern English Channel, Skagerrak.

ICES advises that when the MSY approach is applied, catches in 2023 should be no more than 22,946 tonnes. ICES notes the existence of a precautionary management plan, developed and adopted by one of the relevant management authorities for this stock.

Read the full ICES advice by clicking here.

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EU standing request on catch scenarios for zero TAC stocks 2022; cod (Gadus morhua) in Division 6.a (West of Scotland); cod (Gadus morhua) in Division 7.a (Irish Sea) and whiting (Merlangius merlangus) in Division 7.a (Irish Sea)

ICES has provided estimates of the likely catches of several stocks under the assumption that TACs for the target stocks are set in line with ICES advice.

  • For cod in  Division  6.a, catches in  2023 are estimated to be between 1,642 tonnes and 2,562 tonnes, assuming fishing mortality on cod does not change or increases by the same proportion as the change advised for haddock. Under  the  scenario  resulting  in  lower  catch,  spawning-stock biomass  (SSB)  in 2024  is  expected  to  decrease by 5.6% while the higher catch option is expected to result in a decrease in SSB of 44%.
  • For cod in Division 7.a, catches in 2023 are estimated to be around 159 tonnes, assuming that the fishing mortality on cod changes by the same proportion as the changes advised for haddock and Nephrops fleets and that the fleets operate in a similar way as in the past 3 years. Under this scenario spawning-stock biomass (SSB) in 2024 is expected to increase by 8.3% from 2023 to 2024.
  • For whiting in Division 7.a, forecasted bycatch levels in 2023 are 1,125 tonnes, using a model of whiting bycatch in the Nephrops fishery and assuming 8476 tonnes of Nephrops catches in 2023. This is expected to result in a 1% increase in SSB in 2024.

Read the full ICES advice by clicking here.

On haddock, (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) in Subarea 4, Division 6.a, and Subdivision 20 (North Sea, West of Scotland, Skagerrak).

ICES advises that when the MSY approach is applied, total catches in 2023 should be no more than 137,058 tonnes.

ICES notes the existence of a precautionary management plan, developed and adopted by one of the relevant management authorities for this stock.

Read the full ICES advice by clicking here.

Haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) in divisions 7.b–k (southern Celtic Seas and English Channel)

ICES advises that when the MSY approach is applied, catches in 2023 should be no more than 11,901 tonnes.

ICES notes the existence of a precautionary management plan, developed and adopted by one of the relevant management authorities for this stock.

Read the full ICES advice by clicking here.

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ICES releases advice on fishing opportunities 2023 for NE Atlantic areas

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