Black-bellied anglerfish (Lophius budegassa) in Subarea 7 and divisions 8.a–b and 8.d (Celtic Seas, Bay of Biscay)
ICES advises that when the MSY approach is applied, catches in 2024 should be no more than 25 579 tonnes.
ICES notes the existence of a precautionary management plan developed and adopted by one of the relevant management authorities for this stock.
Management of catches of the two anglerfish species—black-bellied anglerfish (Lophius budegassa) and white anglerfish (Lophius piscatorius)—under a combined species total allowable catch (TAC) prevents effective control of the single‑species exploitation rates and could lead to the overexploitation of either species.
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