Nephrops, North Minch, Creel fishery
- Content last updated
- 04 June 2019
- Nephrops in North Minch; Functional Unit FU 11
- European Union
- Stock Status
Very low risk
The status of North Minch Nephrops has been scored a low risk. This because the harvest rate is below the advised rate for Maximum Sustained Yield (FMSY) and stock size is estimated to be above the recommended level (MSY Btrigger). Consequently, this stock is harvested sustainably within safe biological limits.
The management of nephrops in the North Minch has been identified as a moderate risk. A single TAC covers the entire ICES Subarea 6; West of Scotland. Management should be implemented at the functional unit level to ensure that fishing opportunities are in line with the scale of the resource for each of the stocks and the corresponding MSY approach.
The Nephrops creel fishery scored a low risk for bycatch. There are no routine discard surveys of creel fisheries. Although bycatch levels are quite high survival is considered to be good for most species. Measures to improve selectivity are available but the extent of their use is not known. Ghost fishing from Nephrops creels is, based on experimental observations, considered negligible. There are interactions with benthic species (sea pens) considered of to be of conservation importance but little evidence of serious effects.
Nephrops creel scores a very low risk. Nephrops creelers target specific habitats containing burrowing mud communities. Whilst there is no immediate concern for the effects of creeling on these communities, there is a process in place under the OSPAR convention and UK Marine Acts to avoid adverse impacts through the designation of Marine Protected Areas.