Bristol Channel ray
Last Updated: 13 October 2011
Number of fisheries: 6
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Thornback Ray (Raja clavata),
Blonde Ray (Raja brachyura),
Small eyed Ray (Raja microcellata),
Sandy Ray (Leucoraja circularis),
Spotted Ray (Raja montagui),
Cuckoo Ray (Leucoraja neavus)
MSC assessment status
The certification body, Intertek Moody Marine, has published a revised timeline.
Please refer to the assessment downloads section for further information.
ICES Area VIIf, East of 4º 30’ West of the Bristol Channel.
Total Allowable Catch (TAC):
From 1st January 2009, rays have been subject to a EU TAC. The UK allocation is 4,070 tonnes liveweight. The Cornish Fishery Producers Organisation have 1,092.9t, the South Western FPO have 458.2t. There are no landing restrictions by either Producers Organisation. The under 10 metre vessel allocation is 822.7t where there is a monthly TAC of 16t. The NDFA over 10 metre vessels are in a PO.
The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and the Centre of Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)
European and National fisheries legislation:
DEFRA/The Marine Fisheries Agency (MFA)
Sea Fisheries Committee (SFC) byelaws: Cornwall, Devon and South Wales
Environment Agency (EA): Acting as a SFC in Somerset, the Severn Estuary and tributaries and estuaries in Cornwall.
Confirmation of byelaws:
DEFRA and Welsh Assembly Science
EC CFP Regulations
UK Fisheries Acts
SFC / EA Byelaws
Main markets are domestic and other EU markets.
The assessment process is scheduled for completion in or around March 2012. Please see the download section for a detailed assessment timeline.
The target eligibility date for this fishery is 15 July 2011.
The MSC ecolabel can only be applied to product from certified fisheries. The MSC program does allow, in certain circumstances and within strict traceability requirements, the MSC ecolabel to be applied following certification to product caught before the actual date of certification. The target eligibility date therefore represents the date from which products may become eligible to carry the MSC ecolabel, however they cannot be sold until and if the fishery is certified. The actual eligibility date will be determined if the fishery is certified to the MSC standard.
To find out more about when fish from this fishery may be sold with the MSC ecolabel, please follow this link (http://www.msc.org/get-certified/supply-chain/eligibility-dates).
Tonnage of the fishery
The tonnage landed in 2008 for the Bristol Channel ray fisheries was 550 MT.