An agreement has been reached on the management measures for Atlanto-Scandian herring in the North-East Atlantic for 2021
Norway, the European Union, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom have reached agreement on the management measures for Atlanto-Scandian herring in the North-East Atlantic.
In accordance with the ICES advice, the delegations agreed that the level of catches of Norwegian Spring-Spawning (Atlanto-Scandian) herring in the North-East Atlantic for 2021 should be no more than 651,033 tonnes.
In the text it says the delegations agreed that establishing unilateral quotas for 2021 does not in any way imply the acceptance of the level of these quotas by any Party.
The delegations agreed that the Parties may fish Norwegian Spring-Spawning (AtlantoScandian) herring within their quotas in their respective zones of fisheries jurisdiction and in international waters.
Long-term management strategy for the Norwegian Spring-Spawning (Atlanto-Scandian) herring stock
- The Parties agree to implement a long-term management strategy for the fisheries on the Norwegian Spring Spawning (Atlanto-Scandian) Herring stock, which is consistent with the precautionary approach and the MSY approach, aiming at ensuring harvest rates within safe biological limits.
- For the purpose of this long-term management strategy, in the following text, “TAC” means the total allowable catch as agreed byCoastal States.
- As a priority, the long-term management strategy shall ensure with high probability that the size of the stock is maintained above Blim.
- In the case that the spawning biomass is forecast to be above or equal to Btrigger (=Bpa) on 1January of the year for which the TAC is to be set, the TAC shall be fixed to a fishing mortality of Fmgt=0.14.
- Where the rules in paragraph 4 would lead to a TAC, that deviates by more than 20% below or 25% above the TAC of the preceding year, the Parties shall fix a TAC that is respectively no more than 20% less or 25% more than the TAC of the preceding year. The TAC constraint shall not apply if the spawning biomass at 1 January in the year for which the TACisto be set is less than Btrigger
- In the case that the spawning biomass (SSB) is forecast to be less than the precautionary biomass (Btrigger) but above or equal to Blim on 1 January of the year for which the TAC is to be set, the TAC shall be fixed at a level that is consistent with a fishing mortality given by: Target F = 0.05 +[(SSB-B1im)*(Fmgt -0.05) I(Btrigger -Blim)]
- In the case that the spawning biomass is forecast to be less than Blim on 1January of the year for which the TAC is to be set, the TAC will be fixed corresponding to a fishing mortality F=0.05.
- Each Party may transfer to the following year unutilised quantities of up to 10% of the quota allocated to it. The quantity transferred shall be in addition to the quota allocated to the Party concerned in the following year.
- Each Party may authorise fishing by its vessels of up to 10% beyond the quota allocated. However, this shall not apply if the stock is forecast to be under Btrigger at the end of the TAC year. All quantities fished beyond the allocated quota for one year shall be deducted from the Party’s quota allocated for the following year.
- The Parties, on the basis of ICES advice, shall review this long-term management strategy at intervals not exceeding five years. The first such review shall take place no later than 2023, in time for ICES to issue advice for 2024.