ICES has issued its advice for NVG herring for 2023 in the north Atlantic and Arctic Waters
The International Council for the Exploration of the Seas has issued its advice on the recommended total allowable catch for herring herring in subareas 1, 2, and 5, and in divisions 4.a and 14.a, and Norwegian Spring-Spawning herring in Northeast Atlantic and Arctic Ocean waters for 2023.
ICES advises that when the long-term management strategy agreed by the European Union, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway, and the Russian Federation is applied, catches in 2023 should be no more than 511,171 tonnes, a decrease from 598,588 tonnes in 2022.
In the quality of assessment, the ICES found that the estimated SSB and fishing mortality are generally in line with the estimates from last year’s assessment. The only available catch data from Russian Federation for 2021 was total catch by ICES division from ICES preliminary catch database, and no Russian catch samples were available. Historically, preliminary catches are comparable to ICES final estimated catch. There were adequate samples from other fishing nations operating in the same areas, which were used to estimate catch-at-age and weight-at-age. The Barents Sea survey (IESNS; A3675) was not conducted in 2022. There was no survey information on age 2, and therefore median stochastic recruitment based on the years 1988–2021 was used instead in the forecast. However, this has negligible impact on the advised catches.