Tope (Galeorhinus galeus) in subareas 1–10, 12 and 14 (the Northeast Atlantic and adjacent waters)
The advice given in 2012 for this stock is biennial and valid for 2013 and 2014 (see ICES, 2012a): “Based on ICES approach to data-limited stocks, ICES advises that catches should be reduced by 20%. Because the data for catches of tope are not fully documented and considered unreliable (due to the historical use of generic landings categories), ICES is not in a position to quantify the result. Measures to identify pupping areas should be taken.”
The advice for 2014 is the same catch advised for 2013 (even though its value cannot be quantified), not that a further percentage reduction in catch be implemented. The advice is summarized in the table below.
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