UK North Sea and West Coast of Scotland monkfish - gillnet & trawl (SFSAG)

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Overview

An MSC pre-assessment and workplan were prepared for the Scottish monkfish fishery, on behalf of Seafish, in 2019. The pre-assessment was prepared by the CAB Control Union, and the workplan by the consultants MacAlister Elliott and Partners Ltd. The intention was to use these documents to start a FIP for the fishery, but due to COVID-19, the project had to be postponed.

The Units of assessment include UoA 1 which is demersal trawl and UoA 2 which is gillnet.

It is now possible to continue the project, and as such the FIP preparation to date has been reviewed. The pre-assessment as it relates to Principle 2 and most of Principle 3 continues to be relevant. In addition, since monkfish are taken as part of a mixed demersal fishery, this part of the analysis overlaps with other fisheries that are already MSC certified (e.g. SFSAG northern demersal stocks) or in a FIP (e.g. UK North Sea cod and whiting). This means that workplans are already in implementation to address the issues raised in this part of the pre-assessment, both in the context of a FIP workplan and in the context of an MSC Client Action Plan.

Conversely, the review of the pre-assessment in relation to Principle 1, and the parts of Principle 3 linked to Principle 1 (PI 3.2.1 Fishery-specific objectives) suggested that recent progress in relation to the biology of the species and the stock assessment needed to be included, in order to define an appropriate FIP workplan. It was therefore decided to provide a pre-assessment update for Principle 1 and PI 3.2.1, as a basis for scoping and a workplan update.

 

FIP Description 

An MSC pre-assessment and workplan were prepared for the Scottish monkfish fishery, on behalf of Seafish, in 2019. The pre-assessment was prepared by the CAB Control Union, and the workplan by the consultants MacAlister Elliott and Partners Ltd.

FIP Objective(s) 

1. Data are available for a robust stock assessment. Target date: Dec. 2023. (PI 1.2.3. Workplan Action 1.)

2. A stock assessment is able to estimate stock status in relation to reference points in a robust way, either for the stocks individually or for the stock complex if appropriate. Target date: Dec. 2026. (PI 1.2.4. Workplan Action 2)

3. A decision rule is in place which is able to rebuild/maintain the stock at a level consistent with MSY, and avoid the PRI with high probability. Target date: Dec. 2026. (PIs 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.2.2. Workplan Action 3)

4. The fishery is not impacting the recovery and rebuilding of the North Sea or W. Scotland cod stocks. Target date: Dec. 2024. (PIs 2.1.1., 2.1.2, 2.1.3. Workplan Action 4; see also SFSAG northern demersals Client Action Plan actions 1, 2, 4 and 5.)

5. The fishery can show that bycatch of mackerel and squid is negligible in relation to stock removals, or that the UoA is not having an impact on these stocks. (Target end date: Dec. 2023. PI 2.1.2, 2.1.3. Workplan Action 5.)

6. The trawl fishery is not having an impact on the recovery of common skate and starry ray. Target date: June 2024. (PI 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 2.3.3. Workplan Action 6. See also SFSAG North Sea cod FIP Workplan Action 5.)

7. The gillnet fishery can provide sufficient data on interactions with ETP species, and put management in place as required, to show that it is not impacting the recovery and rebuilding of any ETP species. Target date: Dec. 2025. (PIs 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 2.3.3. Workplan Action 7.)

8. The fishery has a partial strategy in place to ensure that impacts on VMEs are at acceptable levels. Target date: Dec. 2024. (PIs 2.4.1, 2.4.2. Workplan Action 8; see also SFSAG northern demersal Client Action Plan Action 3.)

9. The fishery can show that it is compliant with the Landing Obligation (or UK equivalent as applicable). Target date: Dec. 2025. (PI 3.2.3. Workplan Action 9. See also SFSAG northern demersals Client Action Plan Action 6.)

FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 2: FIP Launch
Start and Projected End Dates
July 2022
July 2027
Next Progress Report Due 
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Species 
Common Name 
Monkfish
Scientific Name
Lophius piscatorius
Common Name 
Monkfish
Scientific Name
Lophius budegassa
Gear Type 
Gillnet
Trawl
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Geographic Scope 
North Sea and West Coast of Scotland
Country Flag of Vessel 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Landings
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
12,815 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
12,815 metric tons
Landings Date 
December 2021
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FIP at a Glance

7% 43% 46% 4%
July 01, 2022
7% 43% 46% 4%
Progress Rating (A) Advanced Progress

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(B) Good Progress

A basic FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result within 12 months.

(C) Some Recent Progress
  • A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 12 (but less than 24) months AND has reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.
  • A FIP younger than 12 months that has never achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result but has reported a Stage 3 activity within the first 12 months.
(D) Some Past Progress
  • A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 12 (but less than 24) months BUT has not reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.
  • A FIP for which the most recent Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 36) months old AND a Stage 3 activity has been reported within six months.
  • A FIP 12-36 months old that has never reported a Stage 4 or 5 result AND has reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.
(E) Negligible Progress
  • A FIP for which the most recent Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 36) months old, with no Stage 3 activity reported in the last six months.
  • A FIP younger than 12 months with no Stage 3 activity reported within 12 months.
  • A FIP 12-36 months old that has never reported a Stage 4 or 5 result AND has not reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.

The ratings are currently derived by SFP from publicly available data on FIP websites, including FisheryProgress.org, and are determined using the following methodology: View PDF

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Next Update Due FisheryProgress requires a FIP to provide update reports every six months, and two missed reports will render the FIP inactive. If a report is overdue, this date will appear red.
Feb 2023
Target End Date
Jul 2027

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Scottish Fisheries Sustainable Accreditation Group (SFSAG)
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Jenny Mouat
Phone 
7496468968
Organization Name 
Jo Gascoigne
Organization Type 
Consultant
Primary Contact 
Jo Gascoigne
Phone 
07496468968
FIP Identification Number The FIP Identification Number is automatically generated by FisheryProgress when a FIP profile is created. While the number itself is not meaningful, they are used by NGOs, academia, and industry to refer to FIPs in a consistent way.
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