Norway lobster (Nephropsnorvegicus) in Divisions VIIg and VIIh – FUs 20 and 21 (Celtic Sea)
ICES advises that when the precautionary approach is applied, catches in 2016 (assuming zero discards) should be no more than 3045 tonnes. If instead discard rates continue at recent values (average of 2012–2014) and there is no change in assumed discard survival rate, this implies landings of no more than 2500 tonnes.
To ensure that the stock in functional units (FUs) 20 and 21 is exploited sustainably, management should be implemented at the functional unit level.
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