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Advice 2016;

Introduction to ICES Advice

Ecosystem Overviews

Advice released on 30 September

Ecoregion

Azores; Baltic Sea; Barents Sea; Bay of Biscay and Iberian Coast; Celtic Seas; Faroes; Greater North Sea; Greenland Sea; Iceland Sea; Norwegian SeaOceanic Northeast Atlantic

Species

Alfonsinos; Anchovy; Anglerfish; Black scabbard fish; Blue ling; Blue whiting;  Boarfish; Brill; Capelin; Cod; Dab; Deep-water species; Eel; Elasmobranchs; Flounder; Greater forkbeard; Greater silver smelt;  Greenland halibut; Haddock; Hake; Herring; Horse mackerel; Ling; Mackerel; Marine mammalsMegrim; Norway lobster; Norway pout; Orange rouphy; Pandalus; Plaice; Pollack;  Red (=blackspot) seabream; Red gurnard; Redfish; Roughhead grenadier; Roughsnout grenadierRoundnose grenadier; Saithe; Salmon;  Sandeel; Sardine; Sea trout; Sea bass; Sharks; Skates and Rays; Sole; Sprat; Spurdog; Striped red mullett; Turbot; Tusk; Whiting

Special requests

Belgium - Technical Service - Review of draft procedure to allow for scientific testing of bottom impacting fishing gear in two fisheries management zones

Denmark - Real-time monitoring for sandeel in Divisions 4b and 4c, SA 1 (Central and South North Sea, Dogger Bank)

EU - Evaluation of the Trans-border management plan for European eel in the Polish–Russian zone of the Pregola drainage basin and Vistula Lagoon

EU - FMSY ranges for selected stocks in ICES subareas 5 to 10 (EU fisheries in western waters) 

EU - Forecast scenarios of the likely consequences of reductions in fishing mortality in the Western Baltic cod (Gadus morhua) stock

EU - Framework for the classification of stock status relative to MSY proxies for selected category 3 and category 4 stocks in ICES subareas 5 to 10 (EU fisheries in western waters)

EU - Guidance on how pressure maps of fishing intensity contribute to an assessment of the state of seabed habitats

EU - Guidance on operational methods for the evaluation of the MSFD Criterion D3C3

EU - Guidance on the most appropriate method to aggregate species within species groups for the assessment of good environmental status for MSFD Descriptor 1

EU - Guidance on the practical methodology for delivering an MSFD GES assessment on D3 for an MSFD region/subregion

EU - Recreational cod data needs for monitoring the recreational fisheries

EU request to ICES on in-year advice for anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus) in Division 9.a (Atlantic Iberian waters)

EU - Potential management measures for salmon in the Gulf of Finland (ICES Subdivision 32)

EU - Scientific monitoring fishery for herring in ICES divisions 6.a, 7.b, and 7.c

EU - Technical Service - Additional catch options for Western Baltic cod stock (subdivisions 22–24)

France - Updated advice on the ecosystem effects of pulse trawl

HELCOM - Technical Service - Review of the BalticBOOST WP3.2 tool to assess the impact of fisheries on seafloor habitats

NASCO - Possible effects of salmonid aquaculture on wild Atlantic salmon populations, focusing on the effects of sea lice, genetic interactions, and the impact on wild salmon production

NEAFC - Categorization of stocks requiring different character and level of NEAFC regulations

NEAFC - Evaluation of a long-termmanagement strategy for the fisheries on the blue whiting stock

Norway - Management strategy evaluation for the Pandalus fishery in Subdivision 3.a.20 (Skagerrak) and Division 4.a East (Norwegian Deep)

Norway - Status and harvest potential of the harp seal stocks in the Greenland Sea and the White Sea/Barents Sea, and of the hooded seal stock in the Greenland Sea

Norway - Technical review of the MAREANO programme

Norway/Russia - Evaluation of harvest control rules for Northeast Arctic cod and haddock and for Barents Sea capelin

OSPAR - Common indicator assessments of seals

OSPAR - Further development of fishing intensity and pressure mapping

OSPAR - Indicator assessments of cetacean species other than coastal bottlenose dolphins

OSPAR - Indicator assessment of coastal bottlenose dolphins

Advice 2015;

Introduction to ICES Advice

Ecoregion

Azores; Baltic Sea; Barents Sea; Bay of Biscay and the Iberian Coast; Celtic Seas; Greater North Sea; Faroes; Greenland Sea; Iceland Sea; Norwegian Sea; Oceanic Northeast Atlantic

Species

Alfonsinos; Anchovy​Anglerfish;Black scabbard fish; Blue ling; Blue whiting;  Boarfish;  Brill; Capelin; Cod; DabDeep-water species; Eel; ElasmobranchsFlounderGreater forkbeard; Greater silver smelt; Greenland halibut; Grey gurnard; Haddock; Hake; Herring; Horse mackerel​Lemon soleLing; Mackerel;  Megrim; Norway lobster; Norway pout;  Orange roughy; Pandalus;  Plaice; Pollack; Red (= blackspot) seabream; Red gurnard; Redfish; Roughhead grenadier; Roughsnout grenadier; Roundnose grenadier; Saithe; Salmon; Sandeel; Sardine​Sea bass; Sharks;  Skates and raysSole; Sprat; Striped red mullet; Turbot; Tusk; Witch;  Whiting

Special requests

EU - Criteria for CITES non-detriment finding for European eel (Anguilla anguilla)

EU - Data needs for monitoring of recreational fisheries

EU - Fmsy ranges for selected North Sea and Baltic stocks

EU - Revisions to Marine Strategy Framework Directive manuals for Descriptors 3, 4, and 6

EU - Sole in Division IIIa and Subdivisions 22-24 - SELTRA trawl

EU - Technical service on assessment of the deep-sea status of certainfish species

EU - Technical Service on clarification of the advice on MSFD reviews of descriptors D3, 4, 6, and 11

EU - Technical Service on the effect of increased quota flexibility in 2015–2016 on Baltic Sea herring and sprat

EU - Technical Service on the effect of increased quota flexibility in 2015–2016 on pelagic stocks

EU/Norway - Evaluation of the proposed Long-Term Management Strategy for herring (Clupea harengus) in the North Sea and the Division IIIa herring TAC-setting procedure

EU/Norway/Faroe Islands - Evaluation of a multi-annual management strategy for mackerel (Scomber scombrus) in the Northeast Atlantic  

EU/Norway/Faroe Islands - Management of mackerel (Scomber scombrus) in the Northeast Atlantic

HELCOM - Pressure from fishing activity (based on VMS/logbook data) in the HELCOMarea relating to both seafloor integrity and management of HELCOM MPAs

NEAFC - Technical Service - Catch by stock and year, inside and outside the NEAFC regulatory area

NL - Technical Service - Review of a Wadden Sea fish passage audit

Norway/Russia - Revised advice for haddock in Subareas I and II

OSPAR - Development of a common monitoring protocol for plastic particles in fish stomachs and selected shellfish on the basis of existing fish disease surveys

OSPAR - Review of draft OSPAR JAMP eutrophication guidelineson phytoplankton species composition

OSPAR - Advice to support the development of common and candidate OSPAR biodiversity indicators for benthic habitats: existing monitoring programmes

OSPAR- Advice to support the development of common and candidate OSPAR biodiversity indicators for benthic habitats: pressure maps

OSPAR- Advice to support the development of common and candidate OSPAR biodiversity indicators for benthic habitats: selection of habitats in support of the development of the Typical Species Composition indicator

 

 

Advice 2014;

General context of ICES advice, 2014

Ecoregion

Baltic Sea; Barents Sea and Norwegian Sea;  Bay of Biscay and Atlantic Iberian waters; Celtic Sea and West of Scotland; Faroe Plateau Ecosystem; General Advice;  Iceland and East GreenlandNorth Sea; Widely distributed and migratory stocks

Species

Alfonsinos Anchovy; Anglerfish; Black Scabbard fish; Blue lingBlue whiting; Boarfish; Brill; Capelin; Cod; Dab; Deep-water speciesEel; Elasmobranchs; FlounderGreater forbeard; Greater silver smelt; Greenland halibut; Grey gurnard; Haddock; Hake; Herring; Horse mackerel; Lemon sole; Ling; Mackerel; Marine mammalsMegrim; Nephrops; Norway pout;  Orange roughy; Pandalus; Plaice; Pollack; Red gurnard; Red (= blackspot) seabreamRedfish; Roundnose grenadier; Saithe; Salmon; Sandeel; Sardine; Sea trout; Seabass; Sharks; Skates and rays; Sole; SpratStriped red mullet; Turbot; Tusk; Witch; Whiting

Special requests

EU - ​Bay of Biscay anchovy TAC

EU - Clarification of the EU request for the evaluation of the harvest control rule for sole in the Bay of Biscay, October 2013

EU - Draft recommendations for the assessment of MSFD Descriptor 3

EU - Effect of increased quota flexibility for 2014–2015 on Celtic Sea herring and Western horse mackerel

EU - Effect of increased quota flexibility for 2014 –2015 on pelagic stocks and Baltic salmon

EU - Informal clarification regarding ICES advice in 2014 for red (= blackspot) seabream (Pagellus bogaraveo) in Subarea IX

EU - Preliminary FMSY ranges for Baltic cod, herring and sprat stocks

EU - Proposal on indicators for MSFD Descriptor 4 (foodwebs)

EU - Review of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive: Descriptor 3 – Commercially exploited fish and shellfish

EU - Review of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive: Descriptor 4 – Foodwebs

EU - Review of the Marine Strategy FrameworkDirective: Descriptor 6 – Seafloor integrity

EU - Review of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive: Descriptor 11 – Energy, including underwater noise

EU/Norway - 2014 TAC for cod in the North Sea

EU/Norway - Evaluation of the performance ofthe long-term management plan for North Sea haddock

EU/Norway - Increasing the 2014 TAC for cod in the North Sea

EU and NEAFC - Clarification regarding assessment of occurrenceand catch levels of grenadier species in areas where roundnose grenadier is caught

Faroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland - Evaluation of the proposed harvest control rule for deep pelagic redfish in the Irminger Sea

Germany/the Netherlands - The potential need for a management of brown shrimp (Crangon crangon) in the North Sea

Iceland, Faroe Islands, and Greenland - Evaluation of a proposed long-term management plan and harvest control rule for golden redfish (Sebastes marinus)

NASCO - Advice on North Atlantic salmon

NEAFC - Blue whiting stochastic forecast

NEAFC - Clarification of the TAC level and the basis ofthe advice for Beaked redfish (Sebastes mentella) in Subareas V, XII, and XIV and NAFO Subareas 1+2 (Deep pelagic stock > 500 m)

NEAFC/JNRFC - Evaluation of a proposed harvest control rule for Sebastes mentella in Subareas I and II

The Netherlands - Evaluate of the proposal for a multi-annual plan for horse mackerel in the North Sea

OSPAR - Implementation of MSFD for marinemammals

OSPAR - Interactions of wild and captive fish stocks

OSPAR - mapping of bottom fishing intensity using VMS data

OSPAR - Review and update of the Technical Annexes to JAMP Guidelines for Monitoring of Contaminants in Biota and in Sediments

OSPAR - Spatial representation of existing CEMP sediment monitoring stations

 

Advice 2013

General context of ICES advice

Multispecies considerations for the central Baltic stocks

Multispecies considerations for the North Sea stocks

Mixed-fisheries advice for Subarea IV (North Sea) and Divisions IIIa North (Skagerrak) and VIId (Eastern Channel)

 

Eco Region

Baltic Sea; Barents Sea and Norwegian Sea; Bay of Biscay and Atlantic Iberian waters, Celtic Sea and West of Scotland; Faroe Plateau Ecosystem; General AdviceIceland and East Greenland; North Sea; Widely distributed and Migratory Stocks

Species

AlfonsinosAnglerfish; Anchovy; Black scabbardfish; Blue lingBlue whiting; Boarfish; BrillCapelin; Cod; Dab; Deepwater speciesEel; Elasmobranchs; Flounder; Greater forkbeard; Greater silver smelt; Greenland halibut; Grey gurnard;  Haddock; Hake; Herring; Horse mackerel; Lemon sole; LingMackerel; Marine mammals; Megrim; Nephrops; Norway pout; Orange roughy; Pandalus; Plaice; Pollack;  Porbeagle; Red (=blackspot) seabream; Red gurnard;  Redfish; Roundnose grenadierSaitheSalmon;  SandeelSardine; Sea troutSeabass; Seabirds; Sole;  SpratSpurdog; Striped red mullet;  Turbot; TuskWhiting; Witch

Special Requests:

EU request - Changing the TAC year for Norway pout in the North Sea

EU request - Distribution of megrim in areas IV and VIa

EU request - Evaluation of possible modifications of the long-term management arrangementfor the Western horse mackerel stock

EU request - Evaluation of the Eel Management Plan progress 

EU request - Evaluation of the harvest control rule for sole in the Bay of Biscay

EU request - Evaluation of the proposed long-term management plan for boarfish and possible in-year revision of the TAC for 2013

EU request - Interannual quota flexibility for plaice in the North Sea

EU request - Interannual quota flexibility for saithe in the North Sea

EU request - Management plan evaluation for sardine in Divisions VIIIc and IXa

EU request - monitoring of bycatch of cetaceans and other protected species

EU request - Monitoring of bycatch of seabirds

EU request - New information regarding the impact of fisheries on other components of the ecosystem

EU request - Opinion on modification to the list of deep-sea sharks 

EU request - Opinion on the outcome of an in year revision for northern hake

EU request - Scientific advice on data collection issues

EU request - Scientific advice on data collection issues – part 2

EU request - Special management measures for skates and rays

EU–Norway request - Evaluation of the long-term management plan for whiting in the North Sea

EU–Norway request - TAC setting options for cod in the North Sea and Skagerrak

HELCOM request - Review of HELCOM draft Red List assessment of cod (Gadus morhua)

Iceland request - Evaluation of the long-term management plan and harvest control rule for Icelandic haddock

Iceland request - Evaluation of the long-term management plan and harvest control rule for Icelandic saithe

NASCO - Advice on North Atlantic salmon

NEAFC request - Assessment of the list of VME indicator species and elements

NEAFC request - Closure area and additional measures for the protection of juvenile haddock on Rockall Bank

NEAFC request - Effects on assessments of historical unaccounted landings for mackerel and the utility of new and existing surveys

NEAFC request - Evaluation of the appropriateness of buffer zones

NEAFC request - Evaluation of the harvest control rule element of the long-term management plan for blue whiting

NEAFC request - Evaluation of the extra harvest control rule options for the long-term management plan for blue whiting

NEAFC request - Evaluation of the proposals for the harvest control components of the management plan for Rockall haddock fisheries

NEAFC request - Modifications of thelong-term management arrangement for the Norwegian spring-spawning herring stock

NEAFC request - Threshold levels for longline fishing

NEAFC request - Vulnerable deep-water habitats in the NEAFC Regulatory Area

Norway request - Status and harvest potential of the harp seal stocks in the Greenland Sea and the White Sea/Barents Sea, and of the hooded seal stock in the Greenland Sea

OSPAR request - Data collection and storage to implement the OSPAR seabird recommendations

OSPAR request - Ecological quality objective for seabird populations in OSPAR Region III (Celtic Seas)

OSPAR request - Maximizing the use of available sources of data for monitoring of biodiversity

OSPAR request - Review of the technical specification and application of common indicators under D1, D2, D4, and D6

OSPAR request - Spatial design of a regional monitoring programme for contaminants in sediments

OSPAR request - Update of the ecological quality objective (EcoQO) on seabird population trends

OSPAR/NEAFC request - Existing and potential new management measures for ecologicallyand biologically significant areas (EBSAs)

OSPAR/NEAFC request - Review of results of Joint OSPAR/NEAFC/CBD Workshop on Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas(EBSAs)

OSPAR/NEAFC request - Review and reformulation of four EBSA Proformas

 

Advice 2012

General context of ICES advice

ICES Implementation of Advice for Data-limited Stocks in 2012 in its 2012 Advice

Eco Region

Baltic Sea; Barents Sea and Norwegian Sea; Bay of Biscay and Atlantic Iberian waters; Celtic Sea and West of Scotland; Faroe Plateau Ecosystem; General Advice; Iceland and East Greenland; North Sea; Widely distributed and Migratory Stocks

Species

Alfonsinos; Anchovy; AnglerfishBlack scabbardfish; Blue ling; Blue whiting; Boarfish; Brill; CapelinCod; Dab; Deepwater speciesElasmobranchs; European Eel; European seabass; Flounder; Greater forkbeard; Greater silversmelt; Greenland halibut; Grey gurnard; Haddock; Hake, Herring, Horse mackerel; Lemon sole; Ling; Mackerel; Megrim; Nephrops; Norway pout; Orange roughy; Pandalus; Plaice; Pollack; Red (=blackspot) seabream; Redfish; Roundnose grenadier; SaitheSalmon; Sandeel; Sardine; Sea trout;  Seabirds, Sole; Sprat; Striped red mullet; Turbot; Tusk; Whiting; Witch

 

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