Skates and rays in Subareas VI and VII (Celtic Sea and west of Scotland)
For the first time, in 2014, ICES gives quantitative advice for skates at a stock-specific level. Until now, landings data have been too incomplete to allow ICES to provide quantitative advice per stock.
ICES does not provide advice for the generic skate assemblage, nor does it advise on the generic skate TAC in this area. This is because ICES believes that management should be at a stock-specific level. Also, the generic skate TAC does not take into account that several stocks straddle the boundary with other management units. For instance, the skate with highest landings in the ecoregion (Leucoraja naevus) is a stock straddling Subareas VI and VII (excl. Division VIId) and Divisions VIIIa,b,d.
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