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- North Sea RAC meets the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association
- European Commission unveils maritime strategy for the Atlantic
- All Aboard for the Reform of Common Fisheries Policy
- New Managing Director at Qalut Vónin
- Commission calls for cooperation to boost sustainable aquaculture in Europe
- Russia complains over EU-Mauritania Fisheries Partnership Agreement before WTO
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- Damanaki launching new online market intelligence tool for fisheries
- Action Plan to save sea birds
- World`s largest Seafood Trade Fair opens tomorrow
- Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 22 April 2013
- Reviving the Mediterranean blue economy through cooperation
RACs and ICES Plan increased Cooperation
Regional Task Forces will tackle weak stock assessments : ICES and the RACs are planning to establish regional task forces to tackle the problem of weak stock assessments impaired by deficiencies in the data used to estimate abundance and advise on management measures. The regional task forces will also provide a platform for increased cooperation and dialogue. Fisheries managers from the member states will be invited to participate to strengthen the initiative.
The North Sea and North West Waters regional advisory councils proposed the new initiative which has now been enthusiastically supported by ICES. At a recent meeting in Copenhagen it was agreed to go ahead and to establish terms of reference for the new task forces. Once established, the individual task forces will decide which fisheries and stock assessments should take priority. Whilst some stock assessments are robust, others have suffered from years of a downward spiral of deteriorating data, leading to weak assessments, leading in turn to low TACs. Both fishermen and scientists have a keen interest in ensuring that the assessments are as strong as possible. In many ways this initiative can be seen as resetting or rebooting those assessments weakened by years of poor data.
Building on work already done by ICES with the Baltic and Pelagic RACs, the first task of each RTF will be to decide on which stocks require attention using a quality matrix. This helps to identify weak assessments and the nature of the problems faced. From there, the RTFs will make recommendations on:
· the type of assessment model appropriate for the fishery
· the specific data problems faced in the fishery (e.g. landings statistics, discards estimates, natural mortality estimates, changes in fleet behaviour)
· Steps to rectify the problems found
The RTFs will be a good place to discuss how industry data and knowledge can be incorporated into the assessments, including data from the various fisheries science partnerships now common throughout various member states.
The next step will be a meeting in early April to set the ground rules for this important new initiative.
Source: NWWRAC Press Release"
WorldFishingToday d. 02-02-2011