Setting fishing quotas in 2017
For too many stocks, EU ministers will not be able to follow scientific advice
- On December, 12-13. 2016, EU ministers of fisheries will set 2017 fishing quotas, in theory according to scientific advice and with the objective of sustainable fisheries that provide maximum sustainable yield.
- Scientific advice is established at the scale of fonctional units for fish populations, which are based on biological knowledge and evolve in time according to new knowledge on species ecology.
- On the other hand, management areas, for which quotas are set, were defined in 1982, and hardly evolved since then.
- Consequently, there is an increasing mismatch between the scale at which advice is given and the scale at which fishing is managed. This results in a very complex and often nontransparent quota-setting process for all stakeholders.
- More importantly, these discrepancies create risks for the sustainability of biological resources. They jeopardize the achievement of maximum sustainable yield for the stocks concerned.
* Some areas have been simplified for a nicer view
Four case presented:
- Case 1: concordance management unit – functional unit
- Case 2: Scientific advice is split into several Total Allowable Catches (TACs)
- Case 3: A TAC gathers several advice areas
- Case 4: Complete mismatch between the management unit and the scientific advisory unit (division and / or recombination of advices areas, mixing of previous cases)
Other articles in media:
- Quotas : un zonage incohérent selon l’Association française, Le marin, 01/12/2016 (Édition web abonnés)