ICES Advice on fishing opportunities, catch and effort

Sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) in Divisions IVb and c, VIIa, and VIId–h (Central and South North Sea, Irish Sea, English Channel, Bristol Channel, Celtic Sea)


ICES advice for 2016 - published 30 June 2015
- "ICES advises that when the MSY approach is applied, total landings (commercial and recreational) in 2016 should be no more than 541 tonnes. ICES cannot quantify the corresponding catches. ICES advises that a management plan is urgently needed to develop and implement measures to substantially reduce fishing mortality throughout the range of the stock."

ICES advice for 2015 - published June 2014
- "ICES advises on the basis of the MSY approach, but cannot quantify the resulting catches. The implied total landings should be no more than 1155 tonnes. ICES has no basis for advising on the allocation of the advised landings to commercial and recreational fisheries. The commercial landings corresponding to the advice will depend on the recreational landings and vice versa."

ICES advice for 2014 - published June 2013
- "Based on ICES approach to data-limited stocks, ICES advises that commercial landings should be no more than 2707 tonnes in 2014. Discards are known to take place but the data are insufficient to estimate a discard proportion that could be applied to give catch advice. Also, recreational catches cannot be quantified. Therefore total catches cannot be calculated."

ICES advice for 2013 - published September 2012
NB! This advice concerns the whole of the North East Atlantic (see map and tables below).
- "ICES advises on the basis of the approach to data-limited stocks that commercial catches should be no more than 6000 tonnes. ICES recommends that implementation of 'input' controls should be promoted. This is the first year ICES is providing quantitative advice for data-limited stocks..."


MAP and TABLES from ICES advice for 2013

(with some EAA comments - coloured by EAA)

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LANDINGS - DETAILS PER COUNTRY AND AREA (commercial fisheries only):

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