Improving the assessment and management of the plaice stock complex between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea

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Plaice in Kattegat and Skagerrak have traditionally been considered as one stock unit. However the collected information on biology and fishery in areas between the North and Baltic Seas suggest changes are needed in assessment units as well as in management areas. Plaice in Skagerrak (Division 20) is now considered to be closely associated with plaice in the North Sea and is proposed to be included in the North Sea plaice stock assessment, although it is recognized that
local populations are present in the area. Therefore, specific management of the Skagerrak plaice is suggested. Plaice in Kattegat (Division 21), the Belts (Division 22), and the Sound (Division 23) is considered a stock unit and is proposed to be assessed as such. However, separate management by area is also suggested to assure the preservation of the local populations. Plaice in the Baltic
(Divisions 24–32) is considered a stock unit and is proposed to be assessed and managed as such. Pragmatic options are suggested for empirical harvest control rules accounting for the dynamic of local abundance, using a survey‐based biomass indicator. For the future, new scientific analyses should be developed to better inform the origin of the catches, provided that additional resources
are allocated to the annual monitoring of different stocks and components. Such information would provide on‐going quantitative information on the degree of mixing of the various components, potentially allowing a more accurate assessment, management, and conservation of the status of these
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICES CM 2012/N:02
Number of pages22
Place of publicationCopenhagen
PublisherInternational Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
Publication date2012
StatePublished
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