Stock Assessment Form Demersal species. Hake GSA7. Reference year: 1998-2014. Reporting year 2015

Type Expertise
Date 2015
Language English
Ref. CGPM/AssessmentFormHKE07_2015
Author(s) Jadaud Angelique1, Guijarro Beatriz2, Massuti Enric2
Affiliation(s) 1 : IFREMER, 1 rue Jean Monnet, BP 171, 34203 Sète, France
2 : IEO, Centre Oceanogràfic de les Balears; Moll de Ponent s/n; 07015 Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Sponsor CGPM -General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean
Abstract Hake is one of the most important demersal target species for the commercial fisheries in the Gulf of Lions (GSA 7). In this area, hake is exploited by French trawlers, French gillnetters, Spanish trawlers and Spanish longliners. Since 1998, an average of 243 boats are involved in this fishery and, according to official statistics, the total annual catches for the period 1998-2014 have oscillated around an average value of 2012 tons (1983 tons in 2014). In 2009, because of the large decline of small pelagic fish species in the area, the trawlers fishing small pelagic have diverted their effort on demersal species. Between 1998 and 2014, the number of French trawlers operating in the GSA 07 has decreased by 50%. The French trawler fleet is the largest considering catches realized, proportion of boats and catches are respectively (27% and 73%). The length of hake in the trawler catches ranges between 3 and 92 cm total length (TL), with an average size of 21 cm TL. The second largest fleet is the French gillnetters (41 and 16% respectively, range 13-86 cm TL and average size 39 cm TL), followed by the Spanish trawlers (9 and 10%, respectively, range 5-88 cm TL, and average size 24 cm TL), and the Spanish longliners (4 and 1%, respectively, range 22-96 cm TL and average size 52 cm TL). The hake trawlers exploit a highly diversified species assemblage: Striped red mullet (Mullus surmuletus), red mullet (M. barbatus), angler fish (L. piscatorius), blackbellied angler fish (L. budegassa), european conger (Conger conger), poor-cod (Trisopterus minutus capelanus), fourspotted megrim (Lepidorhombus boscii), soles (Solea spp.), horned octopus (Eledone cirrhosa), squids (Illex coindetii), gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata), European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax), seabreams (Pagellus spp.), blue whiting (Micromesistius poutassou), tub gurnard (Chelidonichtys lucerna).
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Jadaud Angelique, Guijarro Beatriz, Massuti Enric (2015). Stock Assessment Form Demersal species. Hake GSA7. Reference year: 1998-2014. Reporting year 2015. CGPM -General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean, Ref. CGPM/AssessmentFormHKE07_2015, 34p.