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Sardine - Aegean Sea
Marine Resource  Fact Sheet
Stock status report 2009
Sardine - Aegean Sea
Fact Sheet Citation  
Sardina pilchardus - Aegean Sea
Owned byGeneral Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) – More
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FAO Names: en - European pilchard(=Sardine), fr - Sardine commune, es - Sardina europea, ar - سردين أوروبا, zh - 沙丁鱼, ru - Сардина европейская

Fishery Indicators
Production: Catch
Geographic extent of Sardine - Aegean Sea
Main Descriptors
Considered a single stock: No        Spatial Scale: Sub-Regional
Reference year: 2008
Biological State and Trend
State & Trend Descriptors
Exploitation rateNot applicable
Abundance levelNot applicable

Fully exploited
Habitat and Biology
Climatic zone: Temperate.   Depth zone: Coastal (0 m - 50 m); Shelf (50 m - 200 m).   Horizontal distribution: Neritic.   Vertical distribution: Pelagic.  

Water Area Overview
Spatial Scale: Sub-Regional

Geo References
Resource Structure
Considered a single stock: No
Fishery Indicators
TypeMeasureValueUnitTime period
ProductionCatch 17052tonnes2000
Catch 18032tonnes2001
Catch 10832tonnes2002
Catch 7792tonnes2003
Catch 8169tonnes2004
Catch 13626tonnes2005
Catch 12784tonnes2006
Catch 9064tonnes2007
Catch 9151tonnes2008
Assessment Model
Type:  Age-structured
Integrated Catch at Age (ICA)
Overall Assessment Results

Mixed fishery. ICA assessment should be taken with caution given the short time series available. Increasing trend in the estimates of SSB since 2004. Fishing mortality high but at a lower stage since 2004
Scientific Advice

Harvested sustainably, operating above but close to an optimal yield level, with no expected room for further expansion.
Source of information
FAO General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean/Commission générale des pêches pour la Méditerranée. 2010. Report of the twelfth session of the Scientific Advisory Committee. Budva, Montenegro, 25-29 January 2010/Rapport de la douzième session du Comité scientifique consultatif. Budva, Monténégro, 25-29 janvier 2010. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report/FAO Rapport sur les pêches et l’aquaculture. No. 936. Rome, FAO.167p. Click to open
Report of the SCSA Working Group on Stock Assessment of Small Pelagic Species. FAO-GFCM Ancona, Italy, 26-30 October 2009. Click to open
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