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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Revision of the Fisheries Control System

The Pelagic AC presents its response to the Commission’s consultation on revising the Fisheries Control System.

2018 1718 PAC102 Revision of the Control System 1718ref10 Revision of the Control System Fisheries consultation document meeting 16.11.2017
Revised rebuilding plan for herring in 6a and 7b,c

The Pelagic AC has revised its previous rebuilding plan for herring in 6a and 7b,c according to advice received from ICES.

2018 1718 PAC108 PELAC revised rebuilding plan herring 6a and 7bc 1718ref12 COM response to revised recovery plan herring 6a 7bc
Choke Mitigation Tool

The Pelagic AC advises the Commission to use the choke mitigation tool to identify fisheries that are at risk of being closed prematurely when the landing obligation will be fully implemented in 2019 and to engage with stakeholders to find solutions.

2018 1718 PAC105 Choke mitigation tool 1718ref11 COM response to choke mitigation tool
Choke Mitigation Recommendation

The Pelagic AC provides advice about potential solutions to avoid choke situations to the Commission and the regional Member States groups.

2018 1718 PAC131 Recommendation on choke situations Commission response
Fishing opportunities for 2019

The Pelagic AC provides recommendations on TACs in 2019 for all stocks under its remit.

2018 1819PAC04 PELAC Consult fish opport 2019
EMFF funding for scientific research projects

The ACs are requesting that capital funding is provided under the EMFF specifically to ACs to carry out well defined costed projects of direct relevance to the ACs to adequately fulfil their advisory role under the CFP.

2019 Joint advice ACs on EMFF funding for scientific research projects Commission response
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
Additional PELAC work on blue whiting evaluations

An external consultant has done a study to try and evaluate a two-tier assessment using a hindcasting approach. The objective of the study was to see what would have happened if a two-tier HCR was used rather than the current ICES MSY rule.

2019 PELAC work on additional blue whiting evaluations update PELAC work on additional blue whiting evaluations update 2 Commission response 1 Commission response 2
Revision of Control Regulation

The Commission has revised the Control Regulation in light of the Lisbon Treaty. This results in the introduction of a new division between delegated acts, which appear to have been prioritised in the current proposal, and implementing acts in the Regulation, which did not exist before. The Pelagic AC members are of the view that reporting, monitoring and control requirements shall be harmonized across the EU in order to ensure a level-playing field and guarantee a fair treatment for all fishers.

2019 Recommendation Control Regulation proposal Commission response

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