Fisheries and Resources Monitoring System

Ling - Northeast Atlantic
Fact Sheet Title  Fact Sheet
ICES Advice 2009
Ling - Northeast Atlantic
Fact Sheet Citation  
Ling (Molva molva)
Owned byInternational Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) – ownership
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Species List:
Species Ref: en - Ling, fr - Lingue franche, es - Maruca, ru - Мольва обыкновенная
ident Block Ling - Northeast Atlantic
Aq Res
Biological Stock: Yes         Value: Sub-Regional
Management unit: Yes        Reference year: 2008
Aq Res State Trend
Aq Res State Trend
Aq Res State Trend Aq Res State Trend
Aq Res State TrendUndefinedUncertain/Not assessed
Aq Res State TrendUndefinedUncertain/Not assessed
Habitat Bio
Depth Zone: Slope (200 m - 1000 m).   Vertical Dist: Demersal/Benthic.  

Geo Dist
Geo Dist: Straddling between High Seas and EEZ

Water Area Overview
Spatial Scale: Sub-Regional

Water Area Overview
Aq Res Struct
Biological Stock: Yes
Bio Assess

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

Management unit: Yes


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