Queen Scallop, ICES Division VIa, Scallop dredge
- Content last updated
- 15 February 2017
- Queen scallop, ICES Division VIa
- Numerous stock units are owned/shared by U.K. and Ireland
- Stock Status
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).
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.
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.
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.