Fisheries and Resources Monitoring System

Ling - Northeast Atlantic
Marine Resource  Fact Sheet
ICES Advice 2009
Ling - Northeast Atlantic
Fact Sheet Citation  
Ling (Molva molva)
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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        Reference year: 2008
Biological State and Trend
State & Trend Descriptors
Exploitation rateUndefinedUncertain/Not assessed
Abundance levelUndefinedUncertain/Not assessed
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
Overall Assessment Results

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

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 and Figure

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.
Source of information
ICES.2009.Report of the ICES Advisory Committee, 2009. ICES Advice, 2009.
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