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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