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ICES catch advice 2020 for “Widely Distributed Stocks in the North East Atlantic”

2019.10.1

Today ICES officially released its catch advice 2020 for “Widely Distributed Stocks in the North East Atlantic” –  Blue whiting, Norwegian spring-spawning herring, NEA Mackerel and others.

These fish stocks are of major importance as raw material for the fishmeal and fish oil producing members of EUfishmeal both as whole fish (Blue whiting) and as trimmings (NSSH and NEA Mackerel).

The stock status and ICES advice for fishing opportunities for 2020 released by ICES today were better than expected. The three stocks – Blue whiting, NSSH and NEA Mackerel – are all in a good and healthy (not overfished) state.

The official ICES advice for 2020 by stock – click the stock name below to read the ICES advice:

Blue whiting:

ICES advice for 2020: When the long-term management strategy agreed by the European Union, the Faroe  Islands, Iceland, and Norway is applied, catches in 2020 should be no more than 1 161 615 tonnes.

The ICES catch advice for Blue whiting 2020 is a 1.6 % increase compared to the ICES advice for 2019.

Herring (Norwegian spring-spawning herring – the Northeast Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean):

ICES advice for 2020: When the long-term management strategy agreed by the European Union, the Faroe Islands,  Iceland, Norway, and the Russian Federation is applied, catches in 2020 should be no more than 525 594 tonnes.

The ICES catch advice for NSSH 2020 is a 11 % reduction compared to the ICES advice for 2019.

Mackerel (the Northeast Atlantic and adjacent waters):

ICES advice for 2020: When the MSY approach is applied, catches in 2020 should be no more than 922 064 tonnes.

The ICES catch advice for NEA Mackerel 2020 is a 20 % increase compared to the ICES advice for 2019.

To see all the latest ICES advice click here