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ICES recommends sharp cut for Iberian hake

  (SPAIN, 7/2/2015)

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES/CIEM) advises to reduce by 62 per cent next year’s hake quota in Iberian waters – Cadiz Gulf, Portugal, Galicia and Cantabrian Sea, based on the maximum sustainable yield (MSY) criterion.

Meanwhile, scientists found an increase in northern hake biomass -- in French waters of the Gulf of Biscay, Scotland, Ireland and Gran Sol, so Spain could increase its 2016 quota by 6 per cent, to 15,918 tonnes, La Opinion reported.

This year, the Spanish fishing fleet has benefited from a quota of 8,848 tonnes of Iberian hake, but next year this quota could be reduced to the 3,539 tonnes.

Spanish fishermen question ICES recommendations, which are considered by the European Commission (EC) for setting the fishing opportunities for Community fleets.

"I do not know where they get the scientific data from. There’s something that fails. I always say the same thing: There is an abundance of hake in the Bay of Biscay", complained Torcuato Teixeira, representing of trawling ship owners from the coastline in La Coruña.

International experts of the entity have advised Brussels an increase of 6 per cent in the quota, so Spanish vessels may have the right for the next year to have 15,918 tonnes of the species, compared to 15,017 tonnes this year.

MSY criterion is the number of catches of a species that makes it possible to maintain the resource at safe biological levels and also ensure the continuity of long-term fishing activity.

Related articles:

- ICES experts announce recovery of several fish stocks
- ICES recommends drastic cuts for Iberian hake
 

By Analia Murias
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