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Pandoras - Morocco
Marine Resource  Fact Sheet
CECAF Scientific advice 2016
Pandoras - Morocco
Fact Sheet Citation  
Pageot (Pagellus spp) - Maroc
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Geographic extent of Pandoras - Morocco
Main Descriptors
Considered a single stock: Yes        Spatial Scale: National
Management unit: Yes        Reference year: 2012
Biological State and Trend
State & Trend Descriptors
FAO Categories
Exploitation stateOverexploited

Unless otherwise indicated, the indicators were based on the Schaefer dynamic production stock assessment model.
Habitat and Biology
Climatic zone: Temperate.   Bottom type: Hard rocky bottom; Soft bottom clean sand; Soft bottom muddy or muddy-sand.   Depth zone: Coastal (0 m - 50 m); Shelf (50 m - 200 m); Slope - Upperslope (200 m - 500 m).   Vertical distribution: Demersal/Benthic.  

Geographical Distribution
Jurisdictional distribution: National

Water Area Overview
Spatial Scale: National

Geo References
Resource Structure
Considered a single stock: Yes
Fishery Indicators
TypeMeasureValueUnitTime period
ProductionCatch 300tonnes1990
Catch 326tonnes1991
Catch 1046tonnes1992
Catch 1085tonnes1993
Catch 1246tonnes1994
Catch 1310tonnes1995
Catch 1330tonnes1996
Catch 1522tonnes1997
Catch 841tonnes1998
Catch 338tonnes1999
Catch 1702tonnes2000
Catch 1756tonnes2001
Catch 1578tonnes2002
Catch 1817tonnes2003
Catch 1785tonnes2004
Catch 1847tonnes2005
Catch 1901tonnes2006
Catch 1969tonnes2007
Catch 2193tonnes2008
Catch 2372tonnes2009
Catch 4388tonnes2010
Catch 3556tonnes2011
Catch 4079tonnes2012

Assessment year: 2013
The CECAF Working Groups have adopted the following Biological Reference Points (BRPs):
- Limit Reference points: BMSY and FMSY
- Target Reference Points: B0.1 and F0.1
Stock status is assigned based on current estimates of fishing mortality (Fcur) and biomass (Bcur) relative to these target and limit reference points (Bcur/BMSY, Fcur/FMSY, Bcur/B0.1, Fcur/F0.1). The results from the stock assessment of this stock are found under the “Biological state and trend section”.
Assessment Model
Type:  Biomass-aggregated
Schaefer dynamic production model

The series of total landings of Pagellus spp. estimated by the Working Group was used as the total catch data series for the stock. Two series of abundance indices were used: 1) CPUE series of the Moroccan deep-sea cephalopod trawlers and 2) the series of abundance indices from the surveys.
Overall Assessment Results

The available data did not make it possible to obtain conclusive results for the assessment of Pagellus spp. However, the evolution of abundance indices of the scientific surveys indicates a decline which could be a sign of overexploitation of this stock, although an improvement in CPUEs of the national cephalopod trawlers was noted from 2011.
Scientific Advice

Considering that the besugue is taken as bycatch in several fisheries, it is important to monitor the application of the regulations in force in the different fisheries to ensure a stock recovery.
Management unit: Yes
Source of information
FAO. 2016a. Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic, Report of the seventh session of the Scientific Sub-Committee, Tenerife, Spain, 14–16 October 2015 / Comité des pêches pour l’Atlantique Centre-Est Rapport de la septième session du Sous-Comité scientifique. Tenerife, Espagne 14-16 octobre 2015. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report / FAO Rapport sur les pêches et l’aquaculture No. 1128. Rome, Italy.  Click to open
FAO. 2016b. Report of the FAO/CECAF Working Group on the Assessment of Demersal Resources – Subgroup North. Fuengirola, Spain, 18–27 November 2013. / Rapport du Groupe de travail FAO/COPACE sur l’évaluation des ressources démersales – Sousgroupe Nord. Fuengirola, Espagne, 18-27 novembre 2013. CECAF/ECAF Series/COPACE/PACE Séries. No. 15/77. Rome, Italy/Italie.  Click to open
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