Based on the ICES approach for data limited stocks, ICES advises that catches should be no more than 500 tonnes.
This is the first year that ICES is providing quantitative advice for data limited stocks (see Quality considerations).
Overall Assessment Results
|Figure 220.127.116.11 Whiting in Division IIIa (Skagerrak – Kattegat). Total landings (weights in tonnes). Estimated discards are included from 2003 to the present. Quality considerations |
Information on stock structure in IIIa and improvements on age reading are needed to be able to perform an assessment. Currently, the available survey indices show a lack of internal consistency which hinders development of an analytical assessment.
The advice is based on a precautionary reduction of catches because of missing or non-representative data.