Mackerel in the Northeast Atlantic (combined Southern, Western, and North Sea spawning components)
ICES has updated its Autumn 2013 advice and advises on the basis of the Norway, Faroe Islands, and EU management plan that catches in 2014 should be between 927 000 tonnes and 1 011 000 tonnes. ICES recommends that the management plan should be reviewed and possibly revised to reflect the new perception of the stock and the revised precautionary reference points.
ICES advises that the existing measures to protect the North Sea spawning component should remain in place.
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