SG-MOS 09-02 : Evaluation of Management Plans


Regulation 2371/2002 introduces the concept of multi-annual management plans for stocks at or within safe biological limits, as a means towards multi-annual approach to fisheries management. Two types of multiannual management plans are defined in the Regulation: recovery plans (Article 5) and management plans (Article 6). In practice both concepts have been combined into multiannual / long term management plans.

According to the rules established by the plan, the plans have to be regularly assessed against their objectives. Aside of that, according to new Commission practices, management plans have to be evaluated with regard to its effectiveness, utility, efficiency (cost-effectiveness), sustainability. This means that the evaluation should consider all biological, fisheries, ecosystem and economic and social impact. As a consequence of that the working group should provide for the necessary expertise. Commission staff in charge of the evaluation will participate in working group.

Plans should also be reviewed where necessary and new options should be proposed. Here the evaluation get a strong interest in that it should help to judge on the efficiency of the existing plan and to identify the main weaknesses of the plan. The conclusions will then form the basis for the elaboration of new options for a revised management plan. On top of that the individual evaluation will feed into a more general process of evaluating the interest and the sustainability of management plans as tools for the sustainability of the fisheries and the ecosystem management of the sea.

In, the following management plans will have to be evaluated in 2009:

  • Plaice and Sole in the North Sea - R(EC) No 676/2007
  • Sole in the Western Channel - R(EC) No 509/2007
  • Sole in the Bay of Biscaye - R(EC) No 388/2006

Meeting open to observers: Yes

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23-27 November 2009

IPIMAR, Lisbon

John Simmonds

DG MARE unit / focalpoint
V. Angot, P. Daniel

STECF Secretariat / JRC focalpoint

Review Process
STECF Spring Plenary 2010

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Terms of Reference

Provide evaluation of the following management plans according to the guidelines of STECF (July 2009)

  • Plaice and Sole in the North Sea - R(EC) No 676/2007
  • Sole in the Western Channel - R(EC) No 509/2007
  • Sole in the Bay of Biscaye - R(EC) No 388/2006


Final Report