This study describes fisheries, stock status, ICES advice and management measures for the Northern and Southern sardine stocks in EU Atlantic waters. Information on sardine biology and ecology is provided for a better understanding of stock development. Social and economic dimensions are addressed for sardine fisheries in France, Spain and Portugal. The study provides recommendations to improve knowledge on the species and indicates management measures which might be considered for the sustainability of the fisheries.
Link: Sardine Fisheries: Resource Assessment and Social and Economic Situation
External author: Alexandra Silva and Ana Moreno (Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera – IPMA, I.P.)
Policy Department B: Structural and Cohesion Policies of the European Parliament has carried out an in-depth analysis entitled The obligation to land all catches – consequences for the Mediterranean at the request of the Committee on Fisheries. You can download it here.
The Landing obligation of regulated species in the EU Mediterranean is raising some concerns about its effective implementation. This report provides a state-of-the-art of fishery discards in the Mediterranean, discussing consequences of the discards ban and finally providing some recommendations on how to tackle the problem of juvenile catches.
In the context of the last Common Fisheries Policy reform the European Parliament produce the report “Establishment of fish stock recovery areas” that examines a proposal to establish a network of ‘fish stock recovery areas’ to cover 10-20% of territorial seas of EU Member States.
Such protected areas in Europe and elsewhere have produced rapid and long-lasting recovery of many commercially important species. They have also benefited surrounding fisheries through spillover and export of offspring from protected stocks. Fish stock recovery areas could make a major contribution to improving the status and productivity of fisheries, as well as safeguarding marine biodiversity.