||In September 2015, the Working Group on Biological Parameters (WGBIOP) recommended the first otolith exchange for Pollachius pollachius in 2016 (Otolith Exchanges proposals for 2016/2017; ICES, 2015). Kélig Mahe (IFREMER, France) was decided to be the responsible to organise this otolith exchange. A total of 5 readers from 2 countries (France & Spain) participated at the exchange of 2016. The otoliths of 314 individuals sampled from 2011 to 2015 in Southern stock (ICES area: IXa; n=99) and in (ICES areas: IVc, VIId, VIIe, VIIj-h; n=215) were used for this exchange. For the Northern stock, the precision values for both stocks were very high but the value for Northern stock (PA=91.6%, CV=3.8%; APE= 0.8%) was higher than this for Southern stock (PA=74.5%, CV=14.9%; APE= 1.9%). There were some differences between readers but there were no difference between Northern stock readers and between Southern stock readers.