The advice for the fishery in 2013 is the same as the advice given in 2011 for the 2012 fishery: “ICES advises on the basis of the precautionary considerations that catches should be reduced to less than 20 000 t and a management plan should be developed and implemented
Overall Assessment Results
|Figure 126.96.36.199 Beaked redfish in Subareas V, XII, and XIV and NAFO Subareas 1+2 (Deep pelagic stock >500 m). Left: Landings (thousand tonnes). Right: Overview of survey indices from trawl estimates deeper than 500 m (blue line) and aerial coverage of the survey (black open circle) in the Irminger Sea and adjacent waters. |
Assessment ModelQuality consideration
Several data improvements are needed; better catch and landings data, better survey information, particularly within the deep scattering layer, and a recruitment index. However, the few available indices indicate a declining stock.
ICES again had difficulties in obtaining catch estimates and landing data from some ICES member countries, and specially data disaggregated by depth. For the years 2011 and 2012 the Russian Federation has decided on a unilateral quota that considers both redfish management units as a single stock. This unilateral quota nearly equals the total quota recommended by NEAFC. The Russian Federation so far has not facilitated depth disaggregated catch data to the NWWG, and this may affect the assessment. In February 2011 ICES launched a data call requiring better data from the countries participating in the redfish fishery, but the response was very limited. In spite of the best efforts there is a need for a special action through NEAFC and NAFO to provide ICES with timely and reliable catch statistics. Furthermore, ICES recommends that all nations should report depth information in accordance with the NEAFC logbook format.Scientific basis
||Biomass and abundance survey indices obtained in biennial acoustic and trawling survey.
|Discards and bycatch
||Not included in the assessment.
||Biological data collected on this and other surveys and from commercial catches.
||Stock benchmarked in 2012.
|Working group report