Rays and skates (mainly thornback ray) in ICES Subareas X, XII, and XIV (Azores and Mid-Atlantic Ridge)
As thornback ray is the dominant ray species at Azores and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the advice for skates and rays is based on the status of this species. Based on ICES approach to data-limited stocks, ICES advises that catches should be decreased by 36%. Because the data for catches are not fully documented and not reliable, ICES is not in a position to quantify the result.
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