NEAFC sets quotas for fisheries operating within the north-east Atlantic, including not only an overall envelope for EU countries but also for other member states, which include Norway, Iceland, Poland and Russia. Both the NEAFC and the European Commission have requested and received advice on deep-water species this year from the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES).
In its report to the Commission, ICES said that "there have been many warnings that the development of deep-sea fisheries is not sustainable and recommendations to immediately reduce the fishery on deep-sea stocks have been numerous". It added that "the immediate threat is that the stocks may be fished down before the status of the stocks can be assessed". ICES suggested a list of policy responses, including trawling bans, reductions in catches and the use of satellite tracking and observers placed on board deep-water vessels to ensure that regulations are followed.
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