Advice and Recommendations

The Pelagic AC provides credible, scientific, and consensus-based advice to inform pelagic fisheries policy, both upon the request of the European Commission and Member States, and on its own initiative. All advice and recommendations are developed and approved by the members of the Pelagic AC. 

Our advice — and responses to it — may be accessed below.

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Southern Horse Mackerel management plan

The PELAC reaffirms its intention to continue pursuing the development of a management strategy for Southern horse mackerel. The Commission advises that Pelagid AC liaise and coordinate with the South Western Waters Advisory Council on an agreed approach for this management plan.

Update: Following a second meeting of the SHOM FG between the PelAC and the SWWAC on the 18th May 2021, this single amendment – to Article 5.1 of the management strategy  (TAC setting procedures) – has been agreed on a consensus basis.

2021 Letter to Commission on agreed amendment to SHOM long-term management strategy Commission response Commission response Letter to Commission on clarification for TAC 2022 SHOM recommendation
Support management plan Southern horse mackerel (fish. opp 2020)

PELAC asks Member States Spain and Portugal to support the application of the management strategy for the stock of Southern horse mackerel during the upcoming discussions of the December Council.

2019 Support for the management plan for Southern horse mackerel Consultation on fishing opportunities (Spain) Support for the management plan for Southern horse mackerel Consultation on fishing opportunities (Portugal) Response Member State Spain (ES) Response Member State Spain (EN) Response PELAC to Member State Spain Responce COM on letter to the Spanish administration regarding the southern horse mackerel management strategy
ICES advice for Southern horse mackerel

In light of the 2020 TAC setting, PELAC strongly urge the Commission to request ICES to base its advice for Southern horse mackerel, expected in October 2019, on the management plan that has been developed by the Pelagic AC.
The Commission will continue to ask ICES to use your Advisory Council’s management plan and to provide the ensuing TAC figure in the catch scenarios as have done previously.

2019 ICES TAC advice southern horse mackerel Commission response

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