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Cuttlefish - Cap Blanc stock (21°N - 16°N)
Marine Resource  Fact Sheet
CECAF Scientific advice 2016
Cuttlefish - Cap Blanc stock (21°N - 16°N)
Fact Sheet Citation  
Seiches (Sepia spp) - Stock Cap Blanc (21°N - 16°N)
Owned byFood and Agriculture Organization (FAO) – More
Monitoring periodPreviously monitored as: Cuttlefish - Morocco, Mauritania Senegal and Gambia
Related observationsLocate in inventorydisplay tree map
FAO Names: en - Cuttlefishes nei, fr - Seiches nca, es - Sepias nep

Fishery Indicators
Production: Catch
Geographic extent of Cuttlefish - Cap Blanc stock (21°N - 16°N)
Main Descriptors
Considered a single stock: Yes        Spatial Scale: Local
Management unit: Yes        Reference year: 2012
Biological State and Trend
State & Trend Descriptors
Exploitation rateFcur/F0.1 = 47% ; Fcur/FMSY = 42%Not applicable
Abundance levelBcur/B0.1 = 145% ; Bcur/BMSY = 160%Not applicable
FAO Categories
Exploitation stateNot fully exploited

Fcur/F0.1: Ratio between the observed fishing mortality coefficient during the last year of the series and F0.1.
Fcur/FMSY: Ratio between the observed fishing mortality coefficient during the last year of the series and the coefficient that would give a maximum sustainable yield over the long term.
Bcur/B0.1: Ratio between the estimated biomass for the last year and the biomass corresponding to F0.1.
Bcur/BMSY: Ratio between the estimated biomass for the last year and the biomass corresponding to FMSY.
Unless otherwise indicated, the indicators were based on the Schaefer dynamic production stock assessment model.
Habitat and Biology
Climatic zone: Tropical.   Depth zone: Coastal (0 m - 50 m); Shelf - Uppershelf (up to 100 m); Shelf - Deepshelf (100 m - 200 m).   Horizontal distribution: Neritic.   Vertical distribution: Demersal/Benthic.  

Water Area Overview
Spatial Scale: Local

Geo References
Resource Structure
Considered a single stock: Yes

During the 2003 meeting, the Working Group adopted the definition of three administrative stocks as follows: Dakhla stock (26 °N-21 °N) Cap Blanc stock (21 °N-16 °N) Senegal-Gambia stock (16 °N-12 °N) In the absence of new information on stock structure, the Working Group did not discuss further these stock definitions, and these were thus used as presented.
Fishery Indicators
TypeMeasureValueUnitTime period
ProductionCatch 7117tonnes1990
Catch 6960tonnes1991
Catch 6466tonnes1992
Catch 7722tonnes1993
Catch 7045tonnes1994
Catch 6022tonnes1995
Catch 6182tonnes1996
Catch 3144tonnes1997
Catch 4276tonnes1998
Catch 5500tonnes1999
Catch 5587tonnes2000
Catch 6555tonnes2001
Catch 2946tonnes2002
Catch 3794tonnes2003
Catch 3711tonnes2004
Catch 4023tonnes2005
Catch 2372tonnes2006
Catch 3361tonnes2007
Catch 3143tonnes2008
Catch 3347tonnes2009
Catch 2371tonnes2010
Catch 1751tonnes2011
Catch 2539tonnes2012

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 total catch series estimated by the Working Group for the zone between 21º N and 16 °N, for the period 1990-2012, was used in the assessment model as total catch series for the Cap Blanc Sepia spp. stock. For the abundance index, the Working Group used the CPUE series of Mauritanian cephalopod freezer trawlers.
Scientific Advice

Considering that this species is caught by the same fleets targeting octopus the same recommendations made for octopus are also valid for the cuttlefish fishery.
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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