Anglerfish (L. budegassa) in the Bay of Biscay and Atlantic Iberian Waters, Gillnet

Lophius piscatorius, Lophius budegassa
Content last updated
22 February 2018
Stock
Lophius budegassa in ICES Divisions VIIIc and IXa
Management
EU
Stock Status
1 of 5
Very low risk
Management
2 of 5
Low risk
Bycatch
4 of 5
High risk
Habitat
1 of 5
Very low risk

Stock status

1 of 5
Very low risk

L. budegassa in 8c and 9a has been scored a very low risk. The stock biomass is over double that representing MSYBtrigger, and the fishing mortality is well below FMSY.

Management

2 of 5
Low risk

The management of anglerfish in subareas 8c and 9a has been scored a low risk. A combined TAC is set for both L. budegassa, and L. piscatorius, and catches have been in line with this.

Bycatch

4 of 5
High risk

The bycatch risk of this fishery has been scored a high risk.  This is because there is a risk of bycatches of cetaceans in this fishery, but there has been limited monitoring and no estimates of the effects on populations or technical measures introduced to prevent catches.  The EU landings obligation is intended to reduce discarding of TAC species over the period up to 2020 and technical measures are being developed to reduce incidental catches of endangered, protected and threatened species.

Habitat

1 of 5
Very low risk

The habitat risk of this fishery has been scored a very low risk.  This is because set gillnets have relatively little impact on the seabed compared to other fishing activities.  Lost or abandoned gillnets can get entangled on habitat features and weights can cause surface penetration of the seabed. Some spatial management is in place to protect vulnerable areas.