European Union, Norway and the United Kingdom - fisheries consultations: agreed records 2022

Agreed records of consultations from meetings of delegations from the United Kingdom, Norway and the European Union, held between October and December 2021 on the joint management of shared North Sea stocks.


Plaice

16.1. The Delegations noted that according to the ICES MSY approach catches in 2022 should be no more than 142,508 tonnes. This represents a decrease of 15.1% in the advice compared to 2021. ICES estimates that discards and BMS landings are at 48% of total catch (in weight) in 2020, and ICES projects discard rates of 47% of total catch (by weight) in 2021.

16.2. The Delegations agreed to establish a TAC for 2022 in ICES Subarea 4 (North Sea) and Subdivision 20 (Skagerrak) of 142,508 tonnes. This is a decrease of 12.36% compared to 2021, taking into account the correction to the advice for plaice in Subarea 4 and Subdivision 20 for catches in 2021 published in May 2021.

16.3. The Delegations agreed that the resulting TAC for Subarea 4 is 125,692 tonnes (88.20%) and the TAC for Subdivision 20 is 16,816 tonnes (11.80%).

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