Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Iceland request to ICES on evaluation of a proposed harvest control rule for deep pelagic redfish in the Irminger Sea and adjacent waters
ICES has reanalysed the survey time-series, which is the main source of information for the assessment. This changed the perception of stock status and productivity: The stock appears to be at a historical low. ICES has also evaluated the proposed harvest control rules, and none of them are expected to lead to an increase in stock size by 2025. Therefore, ICES considers none of these options as being in accordance with the precautionary approach. It is suggested that managers discuss other options with ICES that might be more suitable, including a starting phase to reverse the decline of the stock.
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