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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Recommendations on implementing the EU landing obligation

In this document the Pelagic AC provides recommendations regarding the implementation of the EU landing obligation for the thirteen pelagic stocks under its remit.

2014 20140429 PRAC land obl recom
Policy statement on fishing opportunities

Each year the European Commission publishes a communication paper to the European Parliament and to the Council regarding strategies for setting fishing opportunities in the following year. The Pelagic AC has been invited to comment on this communication paper.

2014 1314PRAC161 policy statement 1415ref01 Response Policy Statement Fish opp 2015
Proposed full ban on drift net fisheries

The European Commission has recently proposed a full ban on drift net fisheries. However, the Pelagic AC argues that a blanket ban on drift nets is contrary to the objectives of the new CFP, which promotes bottom-up approaches through regionalisation. Rather than banning all drift net fisheries, some of which are MSC certified, a thorough control regime should me implemented to detect and strongly penalize illegal drift net activities and lack of compliance.

2014 1314PRAC158 drift nets COM driftnet 1415ref13 Driftnet ban
Fishing opportunities 2015

In this document the Pelagic AC issues a number of TAC and other recommendations for 2015 for all stocks in its remit.

2014 1415 PAC 19 stock advice2 1415ref09 Response EC on fishing opportunities
Technical measures recommendation

In this advice document the Pelagic AC recommends minimizing technical measures as far as possible and instead follow the logic of result based management and focus on rigorously monitoring and controlling the landing obligation.

2014 1415 PAC 57 technical measures
Revised management strategy for Celtic Sea herring

Based on the results of the recent ICES benchmark the Pelagic AC advises to adjust the limit reference point.

2015 1415PAC 149 Revised management strategy CS herring b
Revised forecast and in-year TAC revision for Celtic Sea herring

Based on the results of the recent ICES benchmark the Pelagic AC advises to carry out a new 2015 forecast for fishing opportunities and if supported by ICES an in-year TAC revision.

2015 1415PAC 150 Request for revised forecast 1516ref 06 EC reply CS herring and boarfish
Revised draft management strategy for Northeast Atlantic boarfish

The Pelagic AC proposes a revised draft management strategy for Northeast Atlantic boarfish to align the strategy with the ICES categories.

2015 1415PAC 151 Revised management strategy boarfish 1516ref 06 EC reply CS herring and boarfish
Consultation on fishing opportunities 2016

The Pelagic AC comments on the Commission consultation on fishing opportunities in 2016.

2015 1516PAC 01 Consult fish opport COM(2015) 239 final annexes COM(2015) 239 final
Recommendations on fishing opportunities 2016

The Pelagic AC presents its recommendations on fishing opportunities in 2016 and other management measures for the stocks in its remit.

2015 1516PAC10 fishing opportunities 2016 1516PAC11 correction fishing opportunities 2016

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