At NEAFC’s Annual Meeting in 2008 ICES noted that spawning stock biomass in all the three large pelagic stocks, Norwegian spring spawning (Atlanto-Scandian) herring, blue whiting and mackerel, are all in good shape, above precautionary levels, but there was concern of the low level of recruitment for blue whiting recently, which would drive the stock down if TACs were not significantly reduced.
Assessment advice provided by ICES: Blue whiting - Northeast Atlantic
Recommendation II: 2009
RECOMMENDATION BY THE NORTH_EAST ATLANTIC FISHERIES COMMISSION IN ACCORDANCE WITH ARTICLE 5 OF THE CONVENTION ON FUTURE MULTILATERAL COOPERATION IN NORTH-EAST ATLANTIC FISHERIES AT ITS ANNUAL MEETING IN NOVEMBER 2008 ON CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT MEASURES FOR BLU WHITING IN THE NEAFC CONVENTION AREA IN 2009
1. NEAFC takes note of the Agreed Record of Conclusion of Fisheries Consultations between the Faroe Islands, the European Community, Iceland and Norway on the Management of Blue Whiting in the North-East Atlantic in 2009 signed in London, 11 November 2008.
2. NEAFC further notes that by way of the said Agreed Record, the aforementioned Parties agreed to restrict their fishery on the Blue Whiting Stock in 2009 according to a total catch limitation of 543,043 tonnes.
3. The Contracting Parties recommend the following measures:
a. In order to ensure consistency and compatibility with the said Agreed Record, the Contracting Parties hereby establish an allowable catch limitation of 85,786 tonnes of Blue Whiting for 2009 in waters beyond the areas under national fisheries jurisdiction of the Contracting Parties.
b. This allowable catch limitation shall be allocated as follows:
Denmark in respect of:
Faroe Islands 10,047 tonnes (*)
Greenland 3,194 tonnes
European Community 11,947 tonnes (*)
Iceland 6,788 tonnes (*)
Norway 10,047 tonnes (*)
Russian Federation 43,763 tonnes
(*) Catches taken under these allocations shall be deducted from quotas allocated to Parties to the Agreed Record referred to in paragraph 2.
4. The Contracting Parties agree that the relative shares established under paragraphs 2 and 3 are fixed for the future management of blue whiting in the NEAFC context. In addition to these fixed shares, the Russian Federation is granted a quantity of 16,237 tonnes for 2009. This quantity will be reduced in 2010 to 8,000 tonnes and in 2011 to 4,000 tonnes. There will be no additional quantity available in 2012.
5. The national quotas referred to in Annex I of the Agreed Record referred to in paragraph 2 may be fished in the areas defined in paragraph 3 a.
6. Quotas that are transferred to a Contracting Party to be fished within national waters of another Contracting Party may be fished in the areas defined in paragraph 3 a, subject to agreement between the Contracting Parties concerned.
Change in distribution (herring and mackerel). Shift in recruitment level blue whiting