Western & Channel monkfish, multiple gear FIP

Species: Monkfish/anglerfish, Lophius piscatoris, Lophius budegassa

Area: Southern Celtic Seas, Bay of Biscay. Area VII b-k, VIII a-b, d

Gear: Beam trawl, demersal trawl, trammel/tangle net

About this fishery:

Monkfish, also known as angler fish, grow up to 200 cm in length and is a very distinctive fish, recognizable by having its head and body depressed, a wide mouth, broad head and a fleshy 'lure' at the end of its first dorsal spine, which is used to attract prey. Monkfish is present in waters from the low intertidal down to depths of 550 m. It is uncommon to see monkfish in water shallower than 18 m though it may migrate down to as deep as 2000 m in offshore waters in order to spawn. It is found mostly on sandy or muddy bottoms but is also present on shell, gravel and occasionally rocky areas.

Monkfish occurs in coastal waters all around Britain and Ireland. It is predominantly recorded on the west coast of England, Wales and Scotland and the north, south and east coasts of Ireland. TACs are set for the Western & Channel fishery. In 2015 the TAC was 33,516t tonnes. 100% of this TAC was allocated to the EU. The UK share (initial allocation) accounts for around 18% of the total TAC, with the French fleet allocated the majority of the quota.