Seafish analysis of 2013 TACs

The Seafish document compares the 2013 TACs with recommendations made by ICES The Seafish document compares the 2013 TACs with recommendations made by ICES

Seafish has compared the Total Allowable TACs agreed by the EU for 2013 with the scientific recommendations made the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) in a new document, available on the Seafish website.

Bill Lart, Sustainability and Data Advisor at Seafish said: “In this analysis for the principal EU stocks, we compare the headline ICES TAC advice with the Council agreed TAC. For the 58 stocks where we were able to make a full comparison, 28 stocks are green, where the agreed TAC is either below or complying exactly with the headline ICES advice. However, there are 30 stocks which are red – where the Council TAC does not appear to follow headline ICES advice (in excess of 10%).”

He said that where possible Seafish has explained why this has been agreed, which in some cases is to avoid discarding. He also said that the stocks where there is most deviation from the advised TAC are the data limited stocks.

“This Seafish summary is provided for information. The processes that lead to making decisions on TACs are sometimes complex, and whilst the scientific advice forms the basis for these decisions certainly this year there does seem to have been moves to take into account other factors such as discard reduction where necessary,” concluded Mr Lart.

The summary can be found here.

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