Flounder in Division IIIa and Subarea IV
New data (landings and survey data) available for this stock do not change the perception of the stock. Therefore, the advice for this fishery in 2015 is the same as the advice for 2014: Based on the ICES approach for data limited stocks, ICES advisesthat landings should be no more than 3160 tonnes. Discards are known to take place, but the data are insufficient to estimate a discard proportion that could be applied to give catch advice; therefore total catches cannot be calculated.
TACs may not be appropriate as a management tool for bycatch species. Management of dab and flounder under a combined species TAC prevents effective control of the single species exploitation rates and could potentially lead to the overexploitation of either species.
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