Ices recommend a cut in Mackerel catch for 2016

Wed Sep 30, 2015 7:07 pm

From The Skipper Facebook page:30/09/2015

Scottish pelagic fishermen disappointed by ICES mackerel advice
Advice on mackerel catching opportunities for 2016 released today (30 September) from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) doesn’t reflect reality, states Ian Gatt, chief executive of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association.
The advice for 2016 is a total catch allocation for all countries participating in the fishery of 667,385 tonnes, compared with 831,906 tonnes in 2015.
Commenting on the advice, Mr Gatt said: “The early year mackerel season was hugely successful with skippers reporting an unprecedented amount of mackerel in the sea. Regular reports of shoals extending 50 miles have been observed during the first quarter fishery. The autumn mackerel fishery has just kicked off in the northern North Sea and skippers are seeing plenty of mackerel out there.
“It’s clear from the scientific advice that the key piece of information going into the assessment this year is data from a Nordic ecosystem survey. Information from this survey suggests that the mackerel biomass has dropped from 9m tonnes to 7.7m tonnes, which is contrary to what fishermen are seeing on the grounds.
“There has been a huge debate among scientists whether this type of information should be used to assess the abundance of pelagic fish including mackerel. But it’s clear to us that this information should not be included in the assessment. Our understanding is if this information hadn’t been used the advice would say the stock is in a stable condition. Next year the triennial egg survey will take place; this is a huge survey both in space and time and will provide a much better picture of the stock abundance.”

Re: Ices recommend a cut in Mackerel catch for 2016

Thu Oct 01, 2015 12:32 am

Cuts in mackerel usually equate to increases in something else like the poor wee boarfish which got hammered or blue whiting which got hammered by the Norwegians this year half a million tonnes compared to ireland's 18k. The scad needs more protection I feel also off our west coast the Dutch factory ships sitting in the shoal for months on end from late October on

Re: Ices recommend a cut in Mackerel catch for 2016

Thu Oct 01, 2015 8:40 am

I researched and wrote this piece (see link) in 2014

It explains the North East Atlantic mackerel stock and how it is divided into three distinct components "southern, western and northern".

It explains how these components migrate and interact.

It explains how for decades the spawning stock biomass was set at 2.2 million tonnes.

It explains how every time the commercial fishery consistently extracted upwards of 800,000 tonnes per annum (which it has done consistently since 2010) the mackerel fishery becomes endangered.

The Nordic survey mentioned above in 2013 was cited by the industry backed up by certain scientists as a reason to increase quota, today (2015) it is being cited as a reason to decrease quota to 600,000 tonnes give or take.

The recent historical "sustainable" quota was always set at about 500,000 tonne.

Consider the average size and numbers of mackerel you have been encountering this year and work it out for yourself what is happening...........

Re: Ices recommend a cut in Mackerel catch for 2016

Fri Oct 09, 2015 8:32 pm

Sure does this really matter with iceland just setting there own quotas i thought they all spawned up in their waters???? have to say but saw a few bigger mackeral this year they wernt all the size od sticklebacks.

Re: Ices recommend a cut in Mackerel catch for 2016

Sat Oct 10, 2015 12:18 pm

Yes what happened was that Iceland and the Faroese took 150k tonne each of mackerel because the mackerel migration are moving further north every year with rising sea Temps. They are now in their waters and Europe seems to have no power to stop it so what Europe done to calm down the European fishermen who have always fished mackerel under strict quota was to increase the European quota also. This was always going to be cut for the next few years after that.