Last updated on 10 August 2016

SUMMARY

SUMMARY

IDENTIFICATION

SCIENTIFIC NAME(s)

Pollachius pollachius

SPECIES NAME(s)

Pollack, green , lythe

COMMON NAMES

European pollock, Green pollack

The stock structure of pollack populations in this ecoregion is not clear. ICES does not necessarily advocate that VI and VII constitutes a management unit for pollack, and further work is required. More information can be found in WGNEW (ICES 2012).


ANALYSIS

Strengths
  • Individual quotas have succeeded in limiting catches in some countries
Weaknesses
  • Stock status is unknown due to lack of reliable data.
  • Overall TAC for subarea VII is not realistic.
  • No management objectives for the stock, including a lack including a lack of reference points.
  • Recreational catches are known to be relevant in some areas, but these are not monitored or taken into account in the management of the stock (ICES, 2012a).

FISHSOURCE SCORES

Management Quality:

Management Strategy:

< 6

Managers Compliance:

< 6

Fishers Compliance:

≥ 8

Stock Health:

Current
Health:

NOT YET SCORED

Future Health:

NOT YET SCORED


RECOMMENDATIONS

CATCHERS & REGULATORS

1. Start a fishery improvement project to address sustainability issues in this fishery. For advice on starting a FIP, see SFP’s Seafood Industry Guide to FIPs at http://www.sustainablefish.org/publications/2014/04/30/the-seafood-industry-guide-to-fips.
2. Communicate to fishery managers that there are sustainability issues in this fishery that may be affecting the sale of products, and request that they comprehensively evaluate and address such issues.

RETAILERS & SUPPLY CHAIN

1. Encourage your supply chain to start a fishery improvement project. For advice on starting a FIP see SFP’s Seafood Industry Guide to FIPs at http://www.sustainablefish.org/publications/2014/04/30/the-seafood-industry-guide-to-fips.
2. Work with other suppliers and buyers on a pre-competitive basis to start a supplier roundtable to review improvement needs in this and other similar fisheries, catalyze fishery improvement projects, and monitor progress in improvement efforts.


FIPS

No related FIPs

CERTIFICATIONS

No related MSC fisheries

Fisheries

Within FishSource, the term "fishery" is used to indicate each unique combination of a flag country with a fishing gear, operating within a particular management unit, upon a resource. That resource may have a known biological stock structure and/or may be assessed at another level for practical or jurisdictional reasons. A fishery is the finest scale of resolution captured in FishSource profiles, as it is generally the scale at which sustainability can most fairly and practically be evaluated.

ASSESSMENT UNIT MANAGEMENT UNIT FLAG COUNTRY FISHING GEAR
Celtic Sea and West of Scotland EU United Kingdom Bottom trawls
Hooks and lines
Set gillnets (anchored)

Analysis

OVERVIEW

Last updated on 30 August 2016

Strengths
  • Individual quotas have succeeded in limiting catches in some countries
Weaknesses
  • Stock status is unknown due to lack of reliable data.
  • Overall TAC for subarea VII is not realistic.
  • No management objectives for the stock, including a lack including a lack of reference points.
  • Recreational catches are known to be relevant in some areas, but these are not monitored or taken into account in the management of the stock (ICES, 2012a).
RECOMMENDATIONS

Last updated on 28 July 2016

Improvement Recommendations to Catchers & Regulators

1. Start a fishery improvement project to address sustainability issues in this fishery. For advice on starting a FIP, see SFP’s Seafood Industry Guide to FIPs at http://www.sustainablefish.org/publications/2014/04/30/the-seafood-industry-guide-to-fips.
2. Communicate to fishery managers that there are sustainability issues in this fishery that may be affecting the sale of products, and request that they comprehensively evaluate and address such issues.

Recommendations to Retailers & Supply Chain

1. Encourage your supply chain to start a fishery improvement project. For advice on starting a FIP see SFP’s Seafood Industry Guide to FIPs at http://www.sustainablefish.org/publications/2014/04/30/the-seafood-industry-guide-to-fips.
2. Work with other suppliers and buyers on a pre-competitive basis to start a supplier roundtable to review improvement needs in this and other similar fisheries, catalyze fishery improvement projects, and monitor progress in improvement efforts.

1.STOCK STATUS

STOCK ASSESSMENT

Last updated on 30 August 2016

No analytical assessment. For data limited stocks, ICES uses Depletion-Corrected Average Catch (DCAC) method, in which catch statistics data and stock depletion estimates over the time series are used to estimate sustainable yields (ICES, 2012a).

SCIENTIFIC ADVICE

Last updated on 30 August 2016

Pollack in Subareas VI and VII is considered a data limited stock due to lack of reliable information. ICES issued quantitative advice for data limited stocks in 2012 for the first time. Based on the recent catches statistics, ICES suggests that catches in 2013 and 2014 should be limited to 4,200 t (ICES, 2012a).

Reference Points

No reference points have been defined for this stock (ICES, 2012a).

CURRENT STATUS

The stock status is unknown (ICES, 2012a).
 

2.MANAGEMENT QUALITY

MANAGEMENT

Last updated on 30 August 2016

No management objectives are known for the stock, and no reference points have been defined yet. TACs are in place, but these have lacked scientific advice due to lack of reliable information regarding the stock status. Only in some countries the commercial quotas have been limiting catches. In subarea VI, restrictive regulations for the inshore fisheries have resulted in a low fishing effort in this area (ICES, 2012a).

Recovery Plans

Not applicable.

COMPLIANCE

Compliance with regulations does not appear to be a problem. Total catches have been below the Set TACs in both areas VI and VII (ICES, 2012a). However, this may be a result of quotas being set to high to limit catches. Quotas are only known to be limiting catches in some countries (ICES, 2012a).
 

3.ENVIRONMENT AND BIODIVERSITY

HABITAT
EU
United Kingdom

Last updated on 13 July 2016

Marine Reserves

Last updated on 13 Jul 2016

A comprehensive network of Marine Protected Areas has been designated in the UK (JNCC, 2012).

FishSource Scores

Last updated on 12 February 2017

MANAGEMENT QUALITY

As calculated for 2012 data.

The score is < 6.

There are no management objectives for the stock, including a lack of reference points. Although TACs are been in place, these have generally been set without scientific advice as there is an overall lack of information regarding the stock status. Only in some countries the commercial quotas have been limiting catches (ICES, 2012a). Recreational catches are known to be relevant in some areas, but these are not monitored or taken into account in the management of the stock (ICES, 2012a).

As calculated for 2012 data.

The score is < 6.

Despite ICES advice for 2012 of no “increase in catches”, which would imply an overall TAC of around 4 thousand t, a TAC of 13,495 t was set for subarea VII (ICES, 2012a).

As calculated for 2012 data.

The score is ≥ 8.

No evidence on non-compliance with regulations. Catches have been below the Set TACs in both areas VI and VII (ICES, 2012a).

STOCK HEALTH:

No data available for biomass
No data available for biomass
To see data for catch and tac, please view this site on a desktop.
No data available for fishing mortality
No data available for fishing mortality
No data available for recruitment
No data available for recruitment
To see data for management quality, please view this site on a desktop.
No data available for stock status
No data available for stock status
DATA NOTES
  1. Lack of reference points prevents scores #1, #4 and #5 from being calculated; a qualitative score #1 has been assigned.
  2. ICES issues scientific advice to Celtic Sea (Subarea VII) and West of Scotland (Subarea VI) combined, but separate TACs are set for Subarea VII and Subarea VI, which also includes European waters of Vb and international waters of XII and XIV (ICES, 2012a). As a result, it is not possible track if managers follow scientific advice in setting TACs or to evaluate quota uptake from Subarea VI specifically, thus qualitative scores were assigned to scores #2 and #3.
     

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Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs)

No related FIPs

Certifications

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

No related MSC certifications

Sources

Credits
  1. ICES, 2012a. Report of the ICES Advisory Committee, Book 5: Celtic Sea and West of Scotland 5.4.40 Ecoregion: Celtic Sea and West of Scotland. Stock: Pollack in Subareas VI and VII (Celtic Sea and West of Scotland). Advice summary for 2013, 7 pp.http://www.ices.dk/committe/acom/comwork/report/2012/2012/pol-celt.pdf
  2. Defra, 2003. UK Small cetacean bycatch response strategy Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). London. 41 pp.http://cetaceanbycatch.org/pdfs/uk_strategy.pdf
  3. EC, 2012a. Council Regulation (EU) No 43/2012 of 17 January 2012 fixing for 2012 the fishing opportunities available to EU vessels for certain fish stocks and groups of fish stocks which are not subject to international negotiations or agreements. http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2012:025:0001:0054:EN:PDF
  4. ICES, 2012a. Report of the ICES Advisory Committee, Book 5: Celtic Sea and West of Scotland 5.4.40 Ecoregion: Celtic Sea and West of Scotland. Stock: Pollack in Subareas VI and VII (Celtic Sea and West of Scotland). Advice summary for 2013 and 2014. 7 pp. http://www.ices.dk/committe/acom/comwork/report/2012/2012/pol-celt.pdf
  5. ICES, 2011a. Report of the ICES Advisory Committee, Book 5: Celtic Sea and West of Scotland 5.4.40 Ecoregion: Celtic Sea and West of Scotland. Stock: Pollack in Subareas VI and VII (Celtic Sea and West of Scotland). Advice summary for 2012, 7 p.http://www.ices.dk/committe/acom/comwork/report/2011/2011/pol-celt.pdf
  6. JNCC, 2012. Marine Protected Area Network of the UK. Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) website. [Accessed on 31 August 2012].http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-4549
References

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