Sole (Solea solea) in Division 7.a (Irish Sea)
Based on the most recent estimates of SSB (in 2009) and fishing mortality (in 2008) ICES classifies the stock as suffering reduced reproductive capacity and at risk of being harvested unsustainably. SSB has continuously declined since 2001 to low levels and reached its lowest level in 2008. Fishing mortality has been close to or above Flim throughout most of the time-series. Fishing mortality has decreased in recent years and is estimated to be just above Fpa in 2008. Recent recruitment levels have been lower than earlier in the time-series, with the last three years of recruitment being the lowest in this series.
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