Queen Scallop, ICES Division VIa, Scallop dredge

Aequipecten opercularis
Content last updated
15 February 2017
Stock
Queen scallop, ICES Division VIa
Management
Numerous stock units are owned/shared by U.K. and Ireland
Stock Status
3 of 5
Moderate risk
Management
4 of 5
High risk
Bycatch
4 of 5
High risk
Habitat
4 of 5
High risk

Stock status

3 of 5
Moderate risk

Queen scallops in ICES Division VIa has been scored a moderate risk. This is because population trends are unknown or there are signs of decline based on landings per unit effort data. However, the species is assigned a low vulnerability score in SealifeBase (Palomares and Pauly, 2016).

Management

4 of 5
High risk

Queen scallops in ICES Division VIa has been scored a high risk. This is because the current deficiencies of the management system have led to an uncontrolled increase of the fleet. There is some information on trends in landings but this information is not translated into advice on stock status or advice for management.

Bycatch

4 of 5
High risk

The queen scallop dredge fishery scored as high risk for bycatch. The bycatch by boat dredges in scallop fisheries is high and causes significant damage. May species are affected but not retained, and mostly juveniles of species are caught.

Habitat

4 of 5
High risk

The queen scallop dredge fishery in this Division has been scored as high risk. This is because the scallop fisheries may disturb biological communities both directly and by changing the physical attributes of the areas being fished.