norway lobster fishing opportunities 2021

The ICES has released its advice on fishing opportunities the Celtic Seas ecoregion for Norway lobster for 2021.

The ICES has released its advice on fishing opportunities, catch and fishing effort for the Celtic Seas ecoregion for Norway lobster (Nephrops vorvegicus) for 2021.

In divisions 7.b–c and 7.j–k, Functional Unit 16 (west and southwest of Ireland, Porcupine Bank) the ICES advises that when the EU multiannual plan (MAP) for Western Waters and adjacent waters is applied, and assuming zero discards, catches in 2021 that correspond to the F ranges in the MAP are between 2653 tonnes and 3290 tonnes. 

The entire range is considered precautionary when applying the ICES advice rule. To ensure that the stock in Functional Unit (FU) 16 is exploited sustainably, management should be implemented at the functional unit level.

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in Subarea 7, outside the functional units (southern Celtic Seas, southwest of Ireland) the ICES advises that when the precautionary approach is applied, landings should be no more than 150 tonnes in each of the years 2021, 2022, and 2023. ICES cannot quantify the corresponding total catches. 

In Division 7.b, Functional Unit 17 (west of Ireland, Aran grounds) the ICES advises that when the EU multiannual plan (MAP) for Western Waters and adjacent waters is applied, catches in 2021 that correspond to the F ranges in the MAP are between 443 tonnes and 508 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) 17 is exploited sustainably, management should be implemented at the functional unit level.

In divisions 7.a, 7.g, and 7.j, Functional Unit 19 (Irish Sea, Celtic Sea, eastern part of southwest of Ireland) the ICES advises that when the EU multiannual plan (MAP) for Western Waters and adjacent waters is applied, catches in 2021 that correspond to the F ranges in the MAP are between 531 tonnes and 595 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) 19 is exploited sustainably, management should be implemented at the functional unit level

In Division 6.a, Functional Unit 11 (West of Scotland, North Minch) the ICES advises that when the EU multiannual plan (MAP) for Western Waters and adjacent waters is applied, catches in 2021 that correspond to the F ranges in the MAP are between 3075 tonnes and 3953 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 11 is exploited sustainably, management should be implemented at the functional unit level.

In Division 6.a, Functional Unit 12 (West of Scotland, South Minch) the ICES advises that when the EU multiannual plan (MAP) for Western Waters and adjacent waters is applied, catches in 2021 that correspond to the F ranges in the MAP are between 4703 tonnes and 5916 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 12 is exploited sustainably, management should be implemented at the functional unit level.

In Division 6.a, Functional Unit 13 (West of Scotland, the Firth of Clyde, and the Sound of Jura) the ICES advises that when the EU multiannual plan (MAP) for Western Waters and adjacent waters is applied, catches in 2021 that correspond to the F ranges in the MAP are between 3638 tonnes and 5425 tonnes (3142–4791 tonnes for the Firth of Clyde and 496–634 tonnes for the Sound of Jura), assuming recent discard rates. 

The entire range is considered precautionary when applying the ICES advice rule. To ensure that Nephrops stocks are exploited sustainably, management of Nephrops should be implemented at the functional unit level. 

In this particular functional unit (FU), additional measures should be implemented to ensure that landings taken in each subarea (the Firth of Clyde and the Sound of Jura) are in line with the advice.

In Division 6.a, outside the functional units (West of Scotland) the ICES advises that when the precautionary approach is applied, landings should be no more than 209 tonnes in each of the years 2021, 2022, and 2023. ICES cannot quantify the corresponding total catches.

In Division 7.a, Functional Unit 14 (Irish Sea, East) the ICES advises that when the EU multiannual plan (MAP) for Western Waters and adjacent waters is applied, catches in 2021 that correspond to the F ranges in the MAP are between 871 tonnes and 1053 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 14 is exploited sustainably, management should be implemented at the functional unit (FU) level.

In Division 7.a, Functional Unit 15 (Irish Sea, West) the ICES advises that when the EU multiannual plan (MAP) for Western Waters and adjacent waters is applied, catches in 2021 that correspond to the F ranges in the MAP are between 7965 tonnes and 11691 tonnes, assuming recent discarding rates. 

The entire range is considered precautionary when applying the ICES advice rule. To ensure that the stock in Functional Unit (FU) 15 is exploited sustainably, management should be implemented at the functional unit level.

In divisions 7.g and 7.f, Functional Unit 22 (Celtic Sea, Bristol Channel) the ICES advises that when the EU multiannual plan (MAP) for Western Waters and adjacent waters is applied, catches in 2021 that correspond to the F ranges in the MAP are between 1238 tonnes and 1560 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) 22 is exploited sustainably, management should be implemented at the functional unit level.

In divisions 7.g and 7.h, functional units 20 and 21 (Celtic Sea) the ICES advises that when the EU multiannual plan (MAP) for Western Waters and adjacent waters is applied, catches in 2021 that correspond to the F ranges in the MAP are between 1682 tonnes and 1710 tonnes, assuming recent discard rates. 

The entire range is considered precautionary when applying the ICES advice rule. 

Brian J McMullin Solicitors
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ICES releases its advice on Norway Lobster fishing opportunities 2021

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