EU and Norway request to evaluate the proposed Long-Term Management Strategy for herring (Clupea harengus) in the North Sea and the Division IIIa herring TAC-setting procedure
ICES considers that the proposed 2014 Long-Term Management Strategy (LTMS) for herring in the North Sea is precautionary. This LTMS includes the introduction of an interannual quota flexibility of ±10% and a 10% constraint on the deviation from the fishing mortality target, provided that SSB > Blim. ICES advises that any choice of Btrigger at or above 1.0 million tonnes in the proposed 2014 LTMS for herring in the North Sea is considered to be precautionary.
ICES considers that the proposed Division IIIa TAC-setting procedure is precautionary provided it includes a requirement to transfer at least 10% of the TAC from Division IIIa to the North Sea. With transfers of less than 10%, ICES considers that the procedure is not precautionary.
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