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Ling - Northeast Atlantic, 2008
Marine Resource  Fact Sheet
ICES Advice 2009
Ling - Northeast Atlantic, 2008
Fact Sheet Citation  
Ling (Molva molva)
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Species:
FAO Names: en - Ling, fr - Lingue franche, es - Maruca, ru - Мольва обыкновенная
Geographic extent of Ling - Northeast Atlantic
Main Descriptors
Considered a single stock: Yes        Spatial Scale: Sub-Regional
Management unit: Yes
 
 
Habitat and Biology
Depth zone: Slope (200 m - 1000 m).   Vertical distribution: Demersal/Benthic.  

Geographical Distribution
Jurisdictional distribution: Straddling between High Seas and EEZ

Water Area Overview
Spatial Scale: Sub-Regional

Geo References
Resource Structure
Considered a single stock: Yes
Assessment
 
Overall Assessment Results

Table 9.4.10.1.
Figure 9.4.10.1. Ling landings by combination of areas (management units). Source: ICES estimates.


Management
Management unit: Yes

Management Advice

Management considerations

There is insufficient scientific information to establish the extent of putative stocks of ling. However, ling may be sufficiently isolated at separate fishing grounds to be considered as individual management units. On this basis advice is presented for the following management units:

  • Subdivisions I and II (Arctic);
  • Va (Iceland);
  • Vb (Faroes);
  • IIIa, IVa, VI, VII, VIII, IX, XII, and XIV (other areas). This grouping is a combination of isolated fishing grounds and these areas are grouped due to their mutual lack of data.


Landings from all areas are presented in Table 9.4.10.1 and Figure 9.4.10.1.

Ling is primarily fished in the depth range 200–500 m, though it is also found at shallower depths. This species is not believed to have such extreme low productivity and high longevity as “typical” deep-water species, but specific data for many areas are lacking.
Biological State and Trend
Exploitation rate: Undefined
Abundance level: Undefined
Source of information
 
ICES.2009.Report of the ICES Advisory Committee, 2009. ICES Advice, 2009.
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