A NEAFC request to ICES for advice on potential management units for redfish in the has been postponed to 2010.
The development of a management plan for S. mentella
in the has been postponed until 2010. At NEAFC’s Annual Meeting in 2009, the Chair of ACOM reviewed the process leading to a changes in the perception of the stock structure of the Irminger Sea S. mentella
(three stocks, deep pelagic, shallow pelagic and Iceland slope). He stressed that there was consensus on the science in ACOM, but not on the management. ICES has pledged to review the situation if Russia submits any new data.
The representative of the Russian Federation commented on the ICES presentation with respect to redfish in the Irminger Sea. The position of Russian scientists on the stock structure was unanimous. They do not agree with the ICES conclusion on biology and management. The question of stock structure is still open. Russian scientists circulated two documents which repeat the points they made earlier in ICES (AM2009/23 and 29).
ICES pointed out that there was agreement in ACOM that there were three stocks. The Russian data had been taken into account and this was more a question of how to use the biological advice in management.
Coastal States had met in May and September 2009 and also invited fishing states. On both occasions it had not been possible for the important fishing party - the Russian Federation - to participate. On 8-9 October there had been discussions between all fishing Parties. Progress was to a large extent blocked because of the disagreement about the ICES advice.
At NEAFC’s Annual Meeting the EU representative reminded that they earlier stated that the management of this stock is not satisfactory, the main stumbling block being the lack of allocations. Although understanding the rationale behind the ICES advice it did not make it easier to reach agreement on allocations. There was a strong need to bring robust management into place.