17 Jul Scientists propose the largest reduction in total catches for northern hake
Scientists recommend a 12% cut in the hake quota for the fishing ground Gran Sol. This would set the limit at 72,839 tons (one of the lowest in the last decade). Additionally, ICES proposes an 18.8% reduction along the Spanish Atlantic coast. Despite the increase in southern hake for Spain last year (9,900 tons), a reduction is also anticipated for 2023.
Regarding monkfish, they have emphasized that using a single Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for the two species in the fishing ground can have negative consequences. Essentially, “it hinders effective control of the exploitation rates of each species and could lead to overexploitation of either one.” In the Gran Sol fishing ground, there is a 5.3% increase (61,081 tons), while in Iberian waters, there is a 4.7% decrease (4,550 tons).
Lastly, scallop fishing also needs to decrease in 2024. In the Bay of Biscay, a 27% reduction is projected (12.4 tons), whereas in Portuguese waters, the reduction is 28.5% (213 tons).
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