The biology, distribution and state of exploitation of fish stocks in the ICES area. Part 2
The Atlantic Area
At its meeting in November 1976 NEAFC asked ICES to submit, as soon as possible, information on the biology of and fisheries on stocks shared between zones of extended fisheries jurisdiction.
In view of the magnitude of the work involved, and the urgency with which some of the data was required, the Liaison Committee of ICES decided to submit initially a report on the major stocks in the North Sea. This was done (Coop.Res.Rep., No.74, 1978) in 1977, with an undertaking that a subsequent report dealing with the other stocks in the Convention area would be prepared, and submitted, as quickly as possible.
This report, which fulfills that undertaking, was prepared by the Advisory Committee on Fishery Management in collaboration with various ICES Assessment Working Groups, which were asked at their 1978 meetings to review the drafts they had previously prepared, in the light of any new information available. Because fisheries research by ICES member countries has, in general, been more intensive in the North Sea than in other areas the data available for the stocks dealt with in this report are less comprehensive in many cases, than for those in the preceding one. They are, however, the best relevant data available, and are presented here in the hope that they will be of some help to the Commission and the other bodies concerned with management and allocation problems in the areas concerned.
In the Introduction to the preceding report on this subject the Liaison Committee commented on the general principles and problems in the management of shared stocks under the new regime of extended zones of fisheries jurisdiction. ACFM would wish to endorse these comments and to recommend that they be read in relation to this report by anyone who has not already done so.
The Baltic Area
- Sea trout