As coastal states begin meetings to discuss northeast Atlantic pelagic quotas and management, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is once again calling for urgent action from governments to protect the important fishery resources, which continue to be over-exploited.

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), which provides scientific advice around catch levels that are considered sustainable, has published new data showing that in 2021, catches of mackerel, Atlantic-Scandinavian herring and blue whiting once again exceeded the limits recommended by scientists by 27 percent, 31 percent and 23 percent respectively.