Fisheries and Resources Monitoring System

American Plaice - Flemish Cap
Marine Resource  Fact Sheet
Stocks management recommendations 2017
American Plaice - Flemish Cap
Fact Sheet Citation  
American plaice in Div. 3M
Owned byNorthwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) – More
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FAO Names: en - Amer. plaice(=Long rough dab), fr - Balai(=Plie canadienne), es - Platija americana, ar - هوشع كندي, zh - 拟庸鲽, ru - Камбала-ерш
Geographic extent of American Plaice - Flemish Cap
Main Descriptors
Considered a single stock: Yes        Spatial Scale: Regional
Management unit: Yes        Reference year: 2016
Biological State and Trend
State & Trend Descriptors
Exploitation rateNone-Low Fishing MortalityNo or low fishing mortalityRed
Abundance levelDepleted Stock SizeDepleted

The stock has increased slightly in recent years due to improved recruitment. Although the catches since 1996 have been low, this stock remains at a relatively low level.
Habitat and Biology
Climatic zone: Temperate.   Bottom type: Unspecified.   Depth zone: Slope - Deepslope (500 m - 1000 m).   Horizontal distribution: Oceanic.   Vertical distribution: Demersal/Benthic.  

Geographical Distribution
Jurisdictional distribution: High Seas Purely

Water Area Overview
Spatial Scale: Regional

Geo References
Resource Structure
Considered a single stock: Yes

American plaice is caught as bycatch in otter trawl fisheries, mainly the cod and redfish fisheries. From 1979 to 1993 a TAC of 2 000 t was in effect for this stock. A reduction to 1 000 t was agreed for 1994 and 1995 and a moratorium was agreed to thereafter.

Recent catch estimates and TACs are as follows:
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2015 2015 2016 2017
TAC ndf ndf ndf ndf ndf ndf ndf ndf ndf ndf
STATLANT 21 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2  
STACFIS 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.2  
ndf - no directed fishing.

Effects of the fishery on the ecosystem

No directed fishery. General impacts of fishing gear on the ecosystem should be considered.Special comments

Special Comments

No special comments
Overall Assessment Results
Reference Point

Scientific Council is not in a position to provide proxies for biomass reference points at this time.

Not available.
Assessment Model
Analytical assessment

This assessment is based upon a qualitative evaluation of research vessel survey series and bycatch data from commercial fisheries.

The next full assessment is planned for 2020.

Fishing Mortality



Human impact

Mainly fishery related mortality. Other sources (e.g. pollution, shipping, oil-industry) are undocumented.

Biological and environmental interactions

The stock occurs mainly at depths shallower than 600 m on Flemish Cap. Main stomach contents are echinoderms, shrimp and hyperiids.
Management unit: Yes

Management Advice

Recommendation for 2018 to 2020

There should be no directed fishery on American plaice in Div. 3M in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Bycatch should be kept at the lowest possible level.
Management Objectives

No explicit management plan or management objectives defined by Fisheries Commission. General Convention objectives (GC Doc. 08/3) are applied.

Stock definition for management purposes

The American plaice stock in Flemish Cap (Div. 3M) is considered to be a distinct population.
Source of information
SCR Doc. 05/29; 17/24, 43; SCS Doc. 15/4, 5, 6, 7; 16/9; 17/4, 5, 6, 11 Click to open
Report of the Meeting, 30 May - 12 June, 2014 - SCS Doc. 14/17Rev.
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