Evaluation of the EU–Russia proposal for the harvest control component of the management plan for Rockall haddock fisheries
ICES advises that the proposed harvest control rules (HCRs) of the management plan for Rockall haddock are in accordance with the precautionary approach if future recruitment is characteristic of the range observed in the full assessment time-series (1991–2011). However, if the generally poor recruitment observed from 2004 onward persists in the long term, the proposed HCRs imply that the stock will be below Blim with a high probability (i.e. much greater than a 5% probability). In this case, ICES advises that F values lower than those currently in the HCRs would be required for the management plan to be consistent with the precautionary approach. ICES advises that the derivation of the SSB value to be used in paragraph 4 of the proposal needs to be clarified.
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