Fisheries and Resources Monitoring System

Redfish - Flemish Cap
Marine Resource  Fact Sheet
Stocks management recommendations 2015
Redfish - Flemish Cap
Fact Sheet Citation  
Redfish in Div. 3M
Owned byNorthwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) – More
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FAO Names: en - Atlantic redfishes nei, fr - Sébastes de l'Atlantique nca, es - Gallinetas del Atlántico nep, ru - Окуни морские
Geographic extent of Redfish - Flemish Cap
Main Descriptors
Considered a single stock: No        Spatial Scale: Regional
Management unit: Yes        Reference year: 2014
Biological State and Trend
State & Trend Descriptors
Exploitation rateNone-Low Fishing MortalityNo or low fishing mortalityGreen
Abundance levelIntermediate Stock SizeIntermediate abundance
Habitat and Biology
Climatic zone: Temperate.   Bottom type: Unspecified.   Depth zone: Slope - Deepslope (500 m - 1000 m).   Horizontal distribution: Oceanic.   Vertical distribution: Demersal/Benthic.  

Geographical Distribution
Jurisdictional distribution: High Seas Purely

Water Area Overview
Spatial Scale: Regional

Geo References
Resource Structure
Considered a single stock: No

Redfish is caught primarily in bottom trawl fisheries, but some landings are reported from fisheries with mid-water trawl. Cod is the main bycatch species in shallower waters, and Greenland halibut in deeper waters. In turn, redfish are also caught as bycatch in fisheries directed for cod and Greenland halibut. The fishery in NAFO Div. 3M is regulated by minimum mesh size and quota.

Recent catch estimates and TACs (000 t) are as follows:
  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
TAC 5 5 5 8.5 10.0 10.0 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.7
STATLANT 21 6.3 5.6 7.9 8.7 8.5 9.7 6.7 6.8 6.5  
STACFIS 7.2 6.7 8.5 11.3 8.5 11.1 7.6 7.8 7.5  

Effects of the fishery on the ecosystem
Overall Assessment Results
Reference Point

No updated information on biological reference points was available.
Assessment Model
Analytical assessment

Input data comes from EU Flemish Cap bottom trawl survey and the fishery (STACFIS 2015) and is considered good quality. A quantitative model (XSA) introduced in 2003 was used (STACFIS 2013). Model settings were in general kept unchanged from last assessment, with a natural mortality at 0.4 through 2006-2010, declining on 2011 and 2012 to 0.125. The magnitude of beaked redfish natural mortality (M) between 2013 and 2014 has been analysed on the sensitivity analysis of the present assessment, pointing out to a marginal increase of M to 0.14.

The next full assessment of this stock will be in 2017.

Fishing Mortality



Human impact

Mainly fishery related mortality. Other sources (e.g. pollution, shipping, oil-industry) are undocumented.

Biological and environmental interactions
Scientific Advice

Special Comments
Management unit: Yes

Management Advice

Recommendation for 2016 and 2017

Recent decline in proportion of S mentella and S fasciatus allows a marginal increase in TAC in 2016-17 to 7000t, without changing the exploitation rate on these species and having the stock remain at a relatively high level.
Management Objectives

No explicit management plan or management objectives defined by Fisheries Commission. General Convention objectives (GC Doc. 08/3) are applied.

Stock definition for management purposes
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