Anglerfish (L. piscatorius) in the Bay of Biscay and Atlantic Iberian Waters, Demersal otter trawl

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

Stock status

2 of 5
Low risk

L. piscatorius in 8c and 9a has been scored a low risk. The stock biomass is above MSYBtrigger, and fishing mortality 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 in the demersal otter trawl fishery, has been scored a high risk. Discarding is potentially high, but the EU landings obligation is intended to reduce discarding of TAC species over the period up to 2020.

Habitat

4 of 5
High risk

The habitat risk of this fishery has been scored a high risk.  This is because demersal otter trawl is a mobile fishing gear which interacts with seabed habitats resulting in abrasion and penetration from ground gear, sweeps and bridles.  Biological communities are disturbed both directly and by changes in the physical attributes of the areas being fished. Furthermore, although there are several areas of deep water habitat protected from fishing there is uncertainty about the location and sensitivity of some sensitive seabed habitats so these remain at risk.