C&WSTG English Channel megrim, monk and sole beam trawl — MSC
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C&WSTG English Channel megrim, monk and sole beam trawl

Last Updated: 13 October 2011
Number of fisheries: 4


Megrim (Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis),
Monk (Lophius piscatorius & L. Budegassa),
Sole (Solea solea).

MSC assessment status

The certification body, Intertek Moody Marine, has announced a revised timeline for the C&WSTG English Channel megrim, monk and sole beam trawl fishery.

Please refer to the assessment downloads section for further information.

Fishery location

The fisheries for megrim and monk take place in: ICES Area VII d,e,f,g amd h-k. ICES Area VIIIa (South Brittany) is also a catch possibility.

The fishery for sole takes place in: ICES Area VII d and e.

Fishing method

Beam trawl.

Fishery management

TAC & Quota:
Each of the species is subject to an EU TAC from which the UK is allocated a quota.

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)

Vessel licensing:

Local management:
Sea Fisheries Committee (SFC) byelaws: Cornwall & Devon
Environment Agency (EA)

Confirmation of byelaws:

EC CFP Regulations
UK Fisheries Acts
SFC / EA Byelaws

Commercial market

The main markets for megrim are France and Spain, although UK demand is growing. While sales of monk and sole are also made to Europe, UK sales are more significant and the market for certified product is expected to be more geared towards UK domestic sales.

Assessment timeline

The assessment process is scheduled for completion in or around April 2012. Please see the download section for a detailed assessment timeline.

The target eligibility date for this fishery is the 22 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 figures below are for the first eight months of 2008.Figures are then estimated for the 12 months of 2008.

Species 8 month landing data Estimation for 2008
Megrim 463t 695t
 Monk 1360t 2040t
 Sole 424t 636t


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