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Workshop on Fish of Conservation and Bycatch Relevance (WKCOFIBYC)

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posted on 2022-10-11, 06:51 authored by ICESICES

WKCOFIBYC was convened to develop a list of species of conservation and/or bycatch interest, that could be used to prioritise and plan for future work within ICES. WKCOFIBYC compiled a list of fish species (including non-commercial and commercial) of conservation concern (threatened, sensitive, or already listed in legislation) that could be included in future assessments by ICES. This is termed the Comprehensive Species List (CSL). This list is composed of international and national hard law, along with national hard law designations, in addition to relevant red lists of extinction risk and various academic exercises to identify sensitive species. For the first time, through this workshop, a list of priority sensitive species for future conservation/biodiversity-concern assessment has been developed: the regional assessment lists (RALs). The group also compiled ecoregion-level lists (regional bycatch lists or RBLs) of fish species of bycatch concern, which can be used for future planning. To avoid duplication, the RALs and RBLs exclude species for which ICES or other bodies already provide quantitative assessments. Additionally, the RBLs exclude most remaining species already advised upon by ICES or equivalent bodies. A set of guidelines for establishing assessment units are presented in the report. This process started by identifying 597 species from the northeast Atlantic and the Mediterranean, including some brackish water and diadromous species. However, 193 of these species were deemed not relevant, mainly due to not being representative of the main fish fauna of the regions. The list is structured by relevance, geography, and according to which legal, scientific or other designations of being sensitive to over-exploitation were relevant. The ICES ecoregions or Mediterranean subregions where the species occur is indicated. Also, the listing of each species in hard and soft law is noted. Hard law includes the EU Habitats Directive, the Common Fisheries Policy Prohibited Species list, and national legislation in the UK and Iceland. Where species are listed in various Red Lists of extinction risk, this is also noted. The methodology by which the lists were compiled is provided. A key challenge for ICES will be to maintain the list and ensure it remains current. As WKCOFIBYC is a one-off initiative, it remains unclear how the lists will be maintained going forward. The attention of ACOM is drawn to this matter


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ICES Scientific Reports





Contributors (Editors)

Maurice Clarke

Contributors (Authors)

Sara Bonanomi; Archontia Chatzispyrou; Maurice Clarke; Bram Couperus; Jim Ellis; Ruth Fernández; Ailbhe Kavanagh; Allen Kingston; Vasiliki Kousteni; Evgenia Lefkaditou; Henn Ojaveer; Wolfgang Nikolaus Probst; Anna Rindorf; Guðjón Sigurðsson; Julio Valeiras; Rita Vasconcelos; Håkan Wennhage



Recommended citation

ICES. 2021. Workshop on Fish of Conservation and Bycatch Relevance (WKCOFIBYC). ICES Scientific Reports. 3:57. 125 pp.