Managing Fisheries

NEAFC Contracting Parties propose recommendations to the Commission that, once formally adopted, become a measure for management of its regulatory areas.

NEAFC provides statistics to, and takes advice from, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) NEAFC also uses the areas defined by ICES for its maps.

After taking advice and formal adoption, NEAFC may define protected Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VME) and set up Closures to ensure the sustainability of the fishing grounds.