The French anchovy fishery

Other titles La pêcherie d'anchois en France
Type Conference article
Date 2004-09-16
Language English
Author(s) Duhamel Erwan, Biseau Alain, Masse Jacques, Villalobos Hector
Meeting ICES working Group on the Assessement of Mackerel, Horse Mackerel, Sardine and Anchovy
Source working document, Copenhagen, 7-16 September 2004
Mot-Clé(s) chalut pelagic, bolinche, anchois, golfe de Gascogne, acoustique, campagne oceanographique, CIEM, PELGAS
Keyword(s) pelagic trawl, purse seine, anchovy, Bay of Biscay, acoustic, survey, ICES, PELGAS
Abstract The french fishery of anchovy is divided in two groups defined by gears : purse seine and pelagic trawl. The average length of these vessels is about 20m.
This fleet is very opportunistic : all trawlers are using several trawls during the year, to catch sometimes bass, tuna, hake, or scampi, and purse seine are mainly fishing sardine.
Each year, the main anchovy catches are provided by pair trawlers.
Purse seiners operate often in coastal areas (<10 nautical miles); trawlers may operate until 50 nautical miles offshore but are banned inside the three miles coastal zone.
The pair trawlers may operate from Basque country to western Channel according to fish availability. Purse seiners usually stay around their home harbour.
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