Workshop on Lists of Commercial Fish and Shellfish species for reporting of MSFD D3

The second Workshop on Lists of Commercial Fish and Shellfish species for reporting of MSFD Descriptor 3 (D3)

30 May–2 June 2022
ICES Headquarters, Copenhagen and remote (hybrid)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​The EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) aims at protect the marine environment and to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES). For MSFD Descriptor 3, Member States through regional or sub regional cooperation shall establish a list of the commercially-exploited fish and shellfish species considering the provisions specified in 2017 and assess whether they are within safe biological limits and exhibit a population age and size distribution that is indicative of a healthy stock.

Previous ICES advice described the different approaches used by Member States in their reporting of D3 and advised among others that the selection of stocks to be reported under D3 should be based on a regional level.

WKD3lists2 is a continuation to WKD3lists and will develop regional (by MSFD region or subregion) lists of D3 based on agreed standardized weight and commercial value thresholds of the landings.

The regional lists can be complemented by Member States with stocks that do not reach the sub/regional landings and value threshold but are considered relevant on a national scale (small scale fisheries, stocks under national management plans).  WKD3lists2 will provide guidance to EU Member States on how to prepare their national lists for reporting of D3.

This workshop is part of the formal ICES advisory process in response to a request from the EU. As such, the workshop report will be peer-reviewed, after which an advice drafting group will be convened to draft advice for approval by ICES Advisory Committee (ACOM).

WKD3Lists2 will take place Monday 30 May to Thursday 2 June 2022. 


Registration is now closed.

Note: If the workshop is oversubscribed, ICES reserves the right, in consultation with the workshop chair, to select the final workshop participants based on their expertise and geographical distribution.


ICES. 2020. EU request for advice on developing appropriate lists for Descriptor 3, commercially exploited fish and shellfish, for reporting by EU Member States under MSFD Article 17 in 2024. In Report of the ICES Advisory Committee, 2020. ICES Advice 2020, sr.2020.13, https://doi.org/10.17895/ices.advice.7646.

2017/848/EU: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32017D0848

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