Marine Baltic sea,Marine Black sea,Marine Macaronesian/Atlantic ocean,Marine Mediterranean sea,Marine North sea,Marine North-east Atlantic ocean
Two criteria are applied for assessing Good Environmental Status (GES), as described in the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD): criteria 3.1 - Level of exploitation (i.e. Fishing mortality - F) and/or criteria 3.2 - Reproductive capacity (i.e. Spawning Stock Biomass - SSB). Information in relation to the MSFD criterion 3.3 - Population age and size distribution - cannot be assessed at present since no reference points are available.
Landings were divided into proportion of landings of assessed stocks (stocks with GES information) and unassessed stocks. Assessed stocks are those for which the level of exploitation and reproductive capacity can be assessed against a reference point in line with the MSFD methodological requirements.
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