The 2017 Marine Institute Fish Stock Book, which provides the latest scientific advice for 61 fish stocks, has been published and presented to Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed.
The Stock Book, which is one of the principal annual publications of the Institute, provides the latest impartial scientific advice on commercially-exploited fish stocks of interest to Ireland. The Stock Book is used by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine at the annual quota negotiations with the EU in December of each year and throughout the year at fisheries management meetings.
"The information presented by the Marine Institute in the Stock Book is critical to the preparations for the annual fisheries negotiations which are coming up in the next fortnight," said Minister Creed.
"The detailed stock-by-stock guide ensures we have the most up to date scientific advice at our finger tips. The fishing industry is a vital part of Ireland’s coastal economy, with Ireland’s quotas worth approximately €226m in 2017.”
Dr Peter Heffernan, CEO of the Marine Institute said: “The seas around Ireland are among the most productive and biologically sensitive areas in EU waters. Our fisheries scientists spend collectively over 1,000 scientific days each year at sea on the Marine Institutes two research vessels, surveying fish stocks and habitats so that we can have the best available information on the state of our stocks. Throughout the year our scientists also participate in and lead International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) working groups on international fish stocks in order to maintain healthy ocean ecosystems and sustain Ireland’s important blue economy.”
Throughout the year, the Stock Book also serves as a valuable reference to a wide audience, including the fishing industry, managers, marine scientists, environmental NGOs, third level institutes, financial institutions and those with an interest in the status and management of marine fisheries resources in the waters around Ireland.
The Stock Book is available electronically on the Marine Institute’s web site at www.marine.ie.