UK: Scottish mackerel sector calls for resolution to quota share dispute
Regulation & Compliances
Published Nov 7, 2023
The Scottish mackerel sector is urging for a resolution to the dispute over quota shares among coastal states for North-east Atlantic mackerel. The UK has adhered to its traditional share without increasing quotas unilaterally like other countries, putting pressure on the stock. The sector is calling for a new sharing arrangement based on scientific advice and emphasizes the importance of reaching an agreement to ensure the long-term future of the mackerel stock.
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Scottish mackerel sector calls for resolution to quota share dispute. Following the recent setting of the total allowable catch (TAC) of North-east Atlantic mackerel (and blue whiting and Atlanto-Scandian herring) for 2024, the Scottish mackerel sector is calling for renewed efforts to resolve the quota shares dispute among coastal states, underlining that the UK has meticulously abided to its traditional share and not embarked upon unilateral increases in quota as carried out by other countries. For mackerel, the coastal states agreed to set the TAC for 2024 at 739,386 tonnes. This TAC is in line with ICES advice, following the maximum sustainable yield approach and is 5% lower than the TAC agreed for 2023. However, in recent years, Iceland, Russia, Norway, Greenland and the Faroe Islands have all unilaterally increased their catch allowances without international agreement, putting pressure on the stock. Under the latest TAC resolution signed on 18 October, it was agreed among ...