Mixed-fisheries advice for Subarea 4, Division 7.d, and Subdivision 3.a.20 (North Sea, eastern English Channel, Skagerrak)
This is the first time ICES presents options for mixed fisheries in the North Sea. This advice is based on the single-stockassessments combined with knowledge on the species composition in catches in North Sea fisheries. Five example scenarios of fishing opportunities considering mixed fisheries are presented, taking into account the single stock advice for fisheries catching cod, haddock, whiting, saithe, plaice, sole, and Nephrops. Without specific mixed-fisheries management objectives, ICES cannot recommend specific scenario(s). From the scenarios presented here, the most precautionary option would be the ‘Minimum’ scenario where fishing stops when the first TAC is fished.
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