Based on the newly adopted analytical assessment for this stock, ICES classifies the arctic Sebastes marinus stock as low and declining. SSB has been decreasing since the mid-1990s and is currently at the lowest level in the time-series. Fishing mortality has been increasing since 2005 and is currently at the highest level in the time-series. Recruitment is very low.
ICES advises on basis of the precautionary approach that there should be no fishing on this stock.
Precautionary level of fishing mortality (F0.1) = 0,08
Fishing mortality in 2011: 0,33.
Expected SSB in 2013: <20 000 tonnes
Recommended TAC 2014: zero
Recommended TAC 2013: zero
Landings in 2012: 5 500 tonnes
IMR supports the advice from ICES. More than half the catch of Sebastes marinus is taken in a directed Norwegian gillnet and longline fishery in August and in the period 1th of October-19th of December. This directed fishery should be closed. In addition stronger limitations in the trawl fishery should be introduced.