Cuttlefish in ICES subdivisions VIId, e (English Channel), Pots
- Content last updated
- 03 June 2020
- Cuttlefish in ICES subdivisions VIId, e (English Channel)
- Stock Status
Cuttlefish in the English Channel (ICES Divisions 7d and e) has been scored a low risk. This is because the stock is exploited at levels close to maximum sustainable yield.
This result has to be treated with caution. There appear to changes in the distribution, spawning behaviour and targeting of the stock by the fishers. Further work is needed to fully elucidate these effects on the stock.
The management of cuttlefish in Divisions 7d and 7e has been scored a high risk. This is because there are some management measures in place, but the effectiveness of these measures remains unclear. Cuttlefish in Divisions 7d and 7e have been assessed usingin 2019 with methods derived from ICES Data limited-Limited Stocks methods during 2019. However, there is no formal advice and the results of the assessment are not subject to a management response.
The bycatch risk of this fishery has been scored low risk. This is because the bycatch in pot cuttlefish fishery is considered to be negligible compared to other fisheries. Catch of protected, endangered and threatened species is minimal. “Ghost fishing” by lost pots is not considered to be a problem.
The habitat risk of this fishery has been scored a low risk. This is because traps, although positioned on the sea bed, do not move across it and therefore do not damage sea floor habitats. In addition, there are spatial restrictions, prohibiting the setting of traps in vulnerable or conservation areas.