EU request on draft recommendations for the assessment of MSFD Descriptor 3
ICES advises a common approach comprising four steps for the assessment of MSFD Descriptor 3 (EU, 2010) which represents a logical framework for the evaluation of good environmental status (GES) for commercially exploited fish and shellfish stocks. The four steps include 1) prepare a list of commercially exploited fish and shellfish stocks, 2) catalogue and document available information for each of the selected stocks, 3) evaluate the stock performance against MSFD Descriptor 3 criteria, and 4) determine the overall status by MSFD region/subregion.
In addition, ICES offers a number of generic recommendations to facilitate the consistent evaluation of MSFD Descriptor 3 across the MSFD regions (the Baltic Sea, the Northeast Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Black Sea) and to address identified gaps.
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