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The agreed records of coastal state consultations on the management of shared fish stocks in the north-east Atlantic in 2024 has been published

The delegations of the European Union, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Norway and the United Kingdom reached an agreement on the management measures for mackerel, blue whiting and Atlanto-Scandian herring in the North-East Atlantic for 2024.

All three stocks have a total allowable catch (TAC) for 2024 set at the recommended scientific advice provided by the International Council for Exploration of the Sea (ICES).

For mackerel, the coastal states agreed to set the TAC for 2024 at 739,386 tonnes. This TAC is in line with ICES advice, following the maximum sustainable yield approach and is 5% lower than the TAC agreed for 2023.

In addition, the delegations also recalled their work on developing a new long-term management strategy (LTMS) for the mackerel stock and recognised the importance of concluding a sharing arrangement. They agreed to wait for the outcome of the upcoming ICES benchmark exercise on the stock, before deciding on the LTMS. Parties also discussed the need for exercising restraint in transferring the unutilised quantities of their quota between years.

For blue whiting, the EU, Norway, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, and the UK agreed to set the TAC for 2024 at 1,529,754 tonnes. This TAC is in line with the ICES advice, following the LTMS approach. It corresponds to an increase of 12.5% compared to the TAC set for 2023.

For the Atlanto-Scandian herring, the TAC for 2024 was agreed at 390,010 tonnes, a decrease of 24% compared to the TAC set for 2023. The agreed TAC level is also in line with the ICES advice, following the LTMS approach. During this year’s annual consultations, the European Union also made a claim to being acknowledged as a costal state of this stock, based on scientific evidence of occurrence of this stock in EU waters.

The delegations also agreed to address the issue of quota-sharing arrangements for all three stock as soon as possible, and no later than in early 2024.

Coastal States Agreed Record 2024: Summary

Norwegian Spring-Spawning Herring (NVG Herring/Atlanto-Scandian Herring)

Summary:

Agreed record of conclusions of fisheries consultations between Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Norway, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom on the management of Norwegian spring-spawning (Atlanto-Scandian) herring in the north-east Atlantic in 2024.

The delegations noted that the agreed long-term management strategy for Norwegian Spring Spawning (Atlanto-Scandian) herring dated 6 November 2018, is regarded by ICES as consistent with the precautionary approach. According to the strategy, there should be a review no later than 2023, in time for ICES to issue advice for 2024. The delegations agreed that this review needs to be coordinated with plans for benchmarking in ICES, and the Parties will return to the issue of a review and the planning and preparation of this during 2024.

In accordance with the ICES advice, the delegations agreed that the level of total catches for Norwegian Spring-Spawning (Atlanto-Scandian) herring in North-East Atlantic for 2024 should be no more than 390,010 tonnes. The delegations also agreed that the establishing of unilateral quotas for 2024 does not in any way imply the acceptance of the level of these quotas by any Party.

All Parties expressed a willingness to continue addressing the issue of a new quota sharing arrangement and underlined the need to reach such new arrangement in order to achieve comprehensive, sustainable management of the stock. Delegations also discussed possible schemes for reducing the overshooting of the agreed TAC in 2024, if agreement on a new sharing agreement cannot be reached in time for implementation already for 2024.

The delegations encouraged the Parties to develop and coordinate their scientific research activities in order to improve the information available for the assessment and the management of this stock.

The delegations welcomed the outcomes of the Report of the 2023 Coastal States Working Group on the distribution of Norwegian Spring-Spawning Herring in the North-East Atlantic and the Barents Sea and agreed to update this report in 2024.

The delegations exchanged final quota and catch information for 2021 and 2022 as well as preliminary information for 2023. The delegations also exchanged information with regard to their fishing activities, including exchanges and access arrangements.

The delegations agreed that the Parties may fish Norwegian Spring-Spawning (Atlanto-Scandian) herring within their quotas in their respective zones of fisheries jurisdiction and in international waters.

The delegations agreed that further arrangements by the Parties, including arrangements for access, quota transfers and other conditions for fishing in their respective zones of fisheries jurisdiction, are regulated by bilateral agreements.

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Northeast Atlantic Mackerel

 

Summary:

Agreed record of fisheries consultations between Iceland, the European Union, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Norway and the United Kingdom on the management of mackerel in the north-east Atlantic for 2024.

The delegations agreed that 739,386 tonnes should represent the level of catches for mackerel in the North-East Atlantic for 2024.

The delegations noted that, further to the commitments set out in the Agreed Record of 6 December 2022 on this stock, they had conducted several rounds of consultations in 2023 to agree a new suite of management measures for the stock. They further noted with regret that they had not yet been able to come to an agreement, despite having made good progress.

The delegations agreed that Parties will reconvene to address the issue of a quota-sharing arrangement as soon as possible, and no later than in early 2024.

The delegations agreed that, in anticipation of agreeing a new suite of management measures, they would each initially set quotas for 2024 at levels which would contribute to a conducive environment for the conclusion of their consultations. They further agreed that delegations will inform each other of the quotas they have set ahead of resuming those consultations. In this regard, the Parties discussed the need for exercising due restraint when it comes to transfers of unutilised quantities of their quota between years.

The delegations recalled their work to date on developing a new long-term management strategy for the stock. They recognised the importance of concluding a sharing arrangement as well as of awaiting the outcome of the upcoming ICES benchmark exercise on the stock, likely to begin in late 2024, before coming to a conclusion on that strategy.

The delegations encouraged the Parties to develop and coordinate their scientific research activities in order to improve the information available for the assessment and the management of this stock.

The delegations welcomed the outcomes of the Report of the 2023 Coastal States Working Group on the distribution of mackerel in the Northeast Atlantic, October 2023 and agreed to update this report in a timely manner, chaired by Iceland and the United Kingdom.

The delegations exchanged final quota and catch information for 2022 as well as preliminary information for 2023.

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NE Atlantic Mackerel

Blue Whiting

 

Summary:

Agreed record of conclusions of fisheries consultations between the United Kingdom, the European Union, Faroe Islands, Iceland and Norway on the management of blue whiting in the north-east Atlantic in 2024

The delegations noted that the agreed long-term management strategy dated 27 October 2016, is regarded by ICES as consistent with the precautionary approach. The delegations also noted that the long-term strategy for blue whiting should have been reviewed after five years. The delegations agreed that this review needs to be coordinated with plans for benchmarking in ICES, and the Parties will return to the issue of a review and the planning and preparation of this during 2024.

The delegations agreed that the level of total catches for blue whiting in the North-East Atlantic for 2024 should be no more than 1,529,754 tonnes as advised by ICES. The delegations also agreed that the establishing of unilateral quotas for 2024 does not in any way imply the acceptance of the level of these quotas by any Party.

The delegations agreed that Parties will reconvene to address the issue of a quota-sharing arrangement as soon as possible, and no later than in early 2024. All delegations stressed the importance of maintaining the focus on concluding a comprehensive sharing arrangement as soon as possible. Some delegations also put forward proposals to reduce the total catches over the agreed TAC and scientific advice if needed in the interim.

The delegations encouraged the Parties to develop and coordinate their scientific research activities in order to improve the information available for the assessment and the management of this stock.

The delegations welcomed the outcomes of the Report of the 2023 Coastal States Working Group on the distribution of blue whiting in the Northeast Atlantic, September 2023 to update the “Report from the NEAFC Working Group on Collating Information on the Distribution of All Life Stages of Blue Whiting in the North-East Atlantic and the Distribution of Catches from the Stock, London, 26-28 November 2013” and agreed to update this report in 2024, chaired by the United Kingdom and Iceland.

The delegations exchanged final quota and catch information for 2021 and 2022 as well as preliminary information for 2023. The delegations also exchanged information with regard to their fishing activities, including exchanges and access arrangements.

The delegations agreed that the Parties may fish blue whiting within their quotas in their respective zones of fisheries jurisdiction and in international waters.

The delegations agreed that further arrangements by the Parties, including arrangements for access, quota transfers and other conditions for fishing in their respective zones of fisheries jurisdiction, are regulated by bilateral agreements.

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