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In 2012, European seabass populations from the North, Irish and Celtic seas, and English and Bristol Channels have been grouped in a single assessment. However, there is evidence that some exchange with populations from southern Ireland and Bay of Biscay may exist. As seabass stock structure remains uncertain (ICES, 2014a,b), research programs on seabass stock identity are being carried out by France and UK, involvingelectronicandconventionaltagging,and modelling of larval drift patterns, to try and improve knowledge of spatial dynamics (ICES, 2014a).