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ICES has today released advice on fishing opportunities for Norway lobster/Nephrops for 2024. Photo: Clyde Fishermen’s Association

The International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) has today released its advice on fishing opportunities for Norway lobster/Nephrops in 2024.

The advice can be found below in summary with a link to the full ICES advice:

Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) in divisions 7.b–c and 7.j–k, Functional Unit 16 (west and southwest of Ireland, Porcupine Bank)

ICES advice on fishing opportunities

ICES advises that when the EU multiannual plan (MAP) for Western Waters and adjacent waters is applied, and assuming zero discards, catches in 2024 that correspond to the F ranges in the MAP are between 3,677 and 4,560 tonnes. The entire range is considered precautionary when applying ICES advice rule.

Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) in Division 7.a, Functional Unit 15 (Irish Sea, West)

ICES advice on fishing opportunities

ICES advises that when the MSY approach is applied, and assuming that discard rates and fishery selection patterns do not change from the average of the years 2020–2022, catches in 2024 should be no more than 12,008 tonnes.

Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) in Division 7.a, Functional Unit 14 (Irish Sea, East)

ICES advice on fishing opportunities

ICES advises that when the MSY approach is applied, and assuming that discard rates and fishery selection patterns do not change from the average of the years 2016–2022, catches in 2024 should be no more than 222 tonnes.

Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) in divisions 7.f and 7.g, Functional Unit 22 (Celtic Sea, Bristol Channel)

ICES advice on fishing opportunities

ICES advises that when the MSY approach is applied, and assuming that discard rates and fishery selection patterns do not change from the average of the years 2020–2022, catches in 2024 should be no more than 1,912 tonnes.

Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) in divisions 7.a, 7.g, and 7.j, Functional Unit 19 (Irish Sea, Celtic Sea, eastern part of southwest of Ireland)

ICES advice on fishing opportunities

ICES advises that when the EU multiannual plan (MAP) for Western Waters and adjacent waters is applied, and assuming that discard rates and fishery selection patterns do not change from the average of the years 2020–2022, catches in 2024 that correspond to the F ranges in the MAP are between 224 and 248 tonnes.

Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) in Division 7.b, Functional Unit 17 (west of Ireland, Aran grounds)

ICES advice on fishing opportunities

ICES advises that when the EU multiannual plan (MAP) for Western Waters and adjacent waters is applied, and assuming that discard rates and fishery selection patterns do not change from the average of the years 2020–2022, catches in 2024 that correspond to the F ranges in the MAP are between 395 and 454 tonnes.

Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) in Division 6.a, Functional Unit 13 (West of Scotland, the Firth of Clyde and Sound of Jura)

ICES advice on fishing opportunities

ICES advises that when the MSY approach is applied, and assuming that discard rates and fishery selection patterns do not change from the average of the years 2020–2022, catches in 2024 should be no more than 4 527 tonnes (3 870 tonnes for the Firth of Clyde and 657 tonnes for the Sound of Jura).

Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) in Division 4.b, Functional Unit 8 (central North Sea, Firth of Forth)

ICES advice on fishing opportunities

ICES advises that when the MSY approach is applied, and assuming that discard rates and fishery selection patterns do not change from the average of the years 2020–2022, catches in 2024 should be no more than 3,129 tonnes.

Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) in Division 3.a, functional units 3 and 4 (Skagerrak and Kattegat)

ICES advice on fishing opportunities

ICES advises that when the MSY approach is applied, and assuming that discard rates and fishery selection patterns do not change from the average of the years 2020–2022, catches in 2024 should be no more than 11,863 tonnes.

Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) in divisions 7.g and 7.h, functional units 20–21 (Celtic Sea)

ICES advice on fishing opportunities

ICES advises that when the MSY approach is applied, and assuming that discard rates and fishery selection patterns do not change from the average of the years 2020–2022, catches in 2024 should be no more than 1,865 tonnes.

Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) in Division 4.a, Functional Unit 9 (central North Sea, Moray Firth)

ICES advice on fishing opportunities

ICES advises that when the MSY approach is applied, and assuming that discard rates and fishery selection patterns do not change from the average of the years 2020–2022, catches in 2024 should be no more than 1,770 tonnes.

Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) in Division 4.b, Functional Unit 6 (central North Sea, Farn Deeps)

ICES advice on fishing opportunities

ICES advises that when the MSY approach is applied, and assuming that discard rates and fishery selection patterns do not change from the average of the years 2020–2022, catches in 2024 should be no more than 1,607 tonnes.

Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) in Subarea 7, outside the functional units (southern Celtic Seas, southwest of Ireland)

ICES advice on fishing opportunities

ICES advises that when the precautionary approach is applied, landings should be no more than 120 tonnes in each of the years 2024, 2025, and 2026. ICES cannot quantify the corresponding total catches.

Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) in Division 6.a, outside the functional units (West of Scotland)

ICES advice on fishing opportunities

ICES advises that when the precautionary approach is applied, landings should be no more than 167 tonnes in each of the years 2024, 2025, and 2026. ICES cannot quantify the corresponding total catches.

Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) in Division 6.a, Functional Unit 11 (West of Scotland, North Minch)

ICES advice on fishing opportunities

ICES advises that when the MSY approach is applied, and assuming that discard rates and fishery selection patterns do not change from the average of the years 2020–2022, catches in 2024 should be no more than 4,218 tonnes.

Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) in divisions 8.a and 8.b, functional units 23–24 (northern and central Bay of Biscay)

ICES advice on fishing opportunities

ICES advises that when the EU multiannual plan (MAP) for Western Waters and adjacent waters is applied, and assuming that discard rates and fishery selection patterns do not change from the average of the years 2020–2022, catches in 2024 should be no more than 5,786 tonnes.

Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) in Division 9.a, Functional Unit 30 (Atlantic Iberian waters East and Gulf of Cádiz)

ICES advice on fishing opportunities

ICES advises that when the precautionary approach is applied, catches in 2024 should be no more than 26 tonnes.

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