Turbot (Scophthalmus maximus) in Subarea 4 (North Sea)
ICES advises that when the precautionary approach is applied, catches should be no more than 1995 tonnes in each of the years 2016 and 2017. If discard rates do not change from 2014, this implies landings of no more than 1925 tonnes.
Management of turbot and brill under a combined species TAC prevents effective control of the single species exploitation rates and could lead to the overexploitation of either species.
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