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.


18.1. The Delegations noted that according to the ICES MSY approach catches in 2022 should be no more than 88,426 tonnes. This represents an increase of 236% in the advice compared to 2021. ICES estimates that discards and BMS landings are at 41% of total catch (in weight) in 2020, and ICES projects discard rates of 41% of total catch (by weight) in 2021.

18.2. The Delegations agreed that they would not pursue the full TAC increase implied by the ICES headline advice given that such a large increase could have a detrimental impact on the status of the North Sea cod stock. They therefore agreed this year that it would not be appropriate to follow the MSY approach.

18.3. The Delegations discussed the methodology for the split of whiting TACs between the ICES Subarea 4 and Division 7.d. They committed to further consider this issue in 2022, as part of the discussions referred to in paragraph 10, in order to ensure consistency with the methodology used for the other demersal jointly managed stocks.

18.4. The Delegations agreed to establish a TAC for 2022 in ICES Subarea 4 (North Sea) and Division 7.d (Eastern Channel) of 32,880 tonnes. This is an increase of 25% compared to 2021.

18.5. The Delegations agreed that the resulting TAC for Subarea 4 is 26,636 tonnes (81.01%), and the TAC for Division 7.d is 6,244 tonnes (18.99%).

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