Management AdviceManagement 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 188.8.131.52 and Figure 184.108.40.206.
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.