22 November 2016
This briefing series explains why it is so difficult to reliably monitor whether fishing limits are being set at sustainable levels, and how this should be improved. In line with the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, Total Allowable Catches (TACs) must be set at sustainable levels in order to restore and maintain fish stocks above biomass levels that can produce the maximum sustainable yield (MSY). These briefings systematically highlight current difficulties in demonstrating whether this requirement is being met and provides recommendations on how these difficulties should be overcome.
In particular, our briefings focus on issues related to transparency of decision-making, mismatch between TACs and scientific advice, quota top-ups in the context of the discard ban and reporting on progress towards sustainable fishing limits and fish stocks.