There are no explicit management objectives for these stocks.
Management AdviceManagement considerations
Although combined landings have declined from 2006 onwards, the TAC has been exceeded every year since 2004. Measures should be taken to ensure that the agreed TAC effectively restricts the fishery.
The two species are managed under a common TAC. They are usually caught and recorded together in the landing statistics. It is impossible to manage each species separately under a common TAC. This problem is highlighted by the different status of the two stocks. L. piscatorius
(the stock in poor condition) constitutes around 70 % of the total anglerfish landings.
Stock status for L. piscatorius
has remained unchanged since the last assessment in 2007, while stock status for L. budegassa
has improved considerably with the current F below FMSY
. Since they are caught together in most fisheries and managed under a common TAC, the advice depends on the stock in the poorer condition. Even setting L. piscatorius
fishing mortality equal to zero is not expected to bring the stock to BMSY
until 2013. Therefore, in order to reach BMSY
as soon as possible, ICES reiterates its previous advice of zero catches for both stocks. Moreover, ICES recommends a rebuilding plan. A rebuilding plan should take into account that the two stocks of anglers are caught together and are part of a mixed fishery for hake, megrim and Nephrops
.Following the EU Commission consultation paper on TACs for 2010 (ACOM(2009) 224, 12 May 2009) this stock would be categorised as being overfished with respect to the fishing mortality that will deliver maximum sustainable yield. A 15% reduction in TAC in 2010, would generate more than a 37% increase in SSB in both anglerfish stocks between 2010 and 2011. ICES has not evaluated the proposed option in relation to the precautionary approach.