Harvest of Commercially Exploited Fish and Shellfish (EO 3)

Populations of selected commercially exploited fish and shellfish are within biologically safe limits, exhibiting a population age and size distribution that is indicative of a healthy stock

Ecological Objective 3 (EO3) Definition:

Populations of selected commercially exploited fish and shellfish are within biologically safe limits, exhibiting a population age and size distribution that is indicative of a healthy stock.

Key Messages:

  • The majority of Mediterranean stocks (~85%) are subject to overfishing. [...]
  • The advice on the status of Mediterranean commercially exploited stocks, as provided by the GFCM SAC have largely improved in recent years [...]
  • Data expressed through Spawning Stock Biomass indicates that up to 42% of the stocks assessed in the Mediterranean show a low biomass [...]
  • Riparian states have recently explicitly recognized low biomass of key stocks and overfishing in the Mediterranean as a key challenges [...]
  • The increase of biomass for key stocks and reduction of fishing mortality require the adoption of sub-regional management plans [...]
  • Even if stock assessments and advice are now available for an increasing number of stocks, the number of stocks for which MSY-based SSB reference points (or its proxy) exist is still very limited [...]
  • The correct estimation of total landings requires a precise knowledge of the fishing activities carried out [...]
  • The correct estimation of fishing mortality requires a precise understanding of riparian states’ fishing capacity [...]
  • The update and adoption of new specific binding recommendations related to the mandatory requirements for data collection and submission [...]

Read more