Proposed fisheries measures for the Frisian Front Special Area of Conservation
ICES considers the proposed ban of gillnet fishing in the Frisian Front to be precautionary. However, given the potential risk to the common guillemot from gillnets and the potential for future changes in fishing patterns for the reasons discussed below, ICES agrees with the proposed measures. Notwithstanding this view in this specific situation, ICES has concerns with evoking the precautionary approach to ban activities that currently do not take place within an area. Taking this approach could suggest the need to ban non-existing activities in areas because of the potential impact they could exert if they did take place.
ICES agrees with the conclusion of FIMPAS that additional fisheries measures within the Frisian Front to maintain the numbers of the great skua, the great black-backed gull, and the lesser black-backed gull are not likely to support the conservation objectives set for the Friesian Front.
ICES also agrees with the conclusion of FIMPAS that additional fisheries measures within the Frisian Front with regard to the interaction between the common guillemot and beam- and otter trawlers and demersal seine fishers are not warranted as they are not likely to support the conservation objectives set for the Frisian Front.
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