EU and Deep Sea stocks – trends in quality of advice and state of stocks
Whereas in 2009 57 stocks subject to TACs in the northeast Atlantic were without scientific advice, a drastic improvement in 2012 to possibly as little as 10 to 12 stocks is expected.
The story is also positive for deep sea species. In the past very little information was available for any of these stocks. This year, ICES has given MSY advice for 4 stocks, and a suggested catch figure for eight: half of all deep sea stocks have changed from data poor to quantitative advice.