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About the Pelagic AC

The Pelagic AC prepares and provides advice on the management of pelagic fish stocks on behalf of the fisheries sector and other stakeholders. It covers the pelagic stocks of all the areas, excluding the stocks in the Baltic Sea and Mediterranean Sea. The Pelagic AC (as a foundation under Dutch law) was inaugurated on 16 August 2005, and consists of a General Assembly, an Executive Committee and two Working Groups. The work is furthermore done in collaboration with observers, for example, from non-EU countries that have an interest in particular stocks or regions covered by the Pelagic AC.


General Assembly (GA)


The members of the GA are representatives of the European fisheries sector and other interest groups. The fisheries sector includes the catching sub sector (ship owners, small-scale fishermen, employed fishermen and producer organisations), as well as processors and traders. Other stakeholders represented are environmental NGOs and recreational fishermen.


Executive Committee (ExCom)


The ExCom is tasked with formally adopting all recommendations by the Pelagic AC. It is currently chaired by Prof. Jesper Raakjaer from IMF, University of Aalborg. 60% of the seats are allotted to the fisheries sector and 40% to representatives of other interest groups.


Working Groups (WGs)

Most practical work is done by Working Groups that consist of members of the General Assembly. The Pelagic AC has two Working Groups.


Working Group I is dealing with:

  • Atlanto-Scandian Herring
  • North Sea Autumn Spawning Herring
  • Western Baltic Spring Spawning Herring
  • North Sea Horse Mackerel
  • Blue Whiting


Working Group II is dealing with:

  • Northeast Atlantic Mackerel
  • Western Horse Mackerel
  • Southern Horse Mackerel
  • Herring VIa North (West of Scotland)
  • Herring VIa South and VIIb,c
  • Celtic Sea Herring
  • Irish Sea Herring
  • Boarfish


The work of the Pelagic AC is supported by a secretariat based in Zoetermeer, The Netherlands.

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