Fisheries and Resources Monitoring System

Anchovy - Northern Spain
Marine Resource  Fact Sheet
Stock status report 2015
Anchovy - Northern Spain
Fact Sheet Citation  
Engraulis encrasicolus - Northern Spain
Owned byGeneral Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) – More
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FAO Names: en - European anchovy, fr - Anchois, es - Boquerón, ru - Анчоус европейский

Fishery Indicators
Production: Catch
Geographic extent of Anchovy - Northern Spain
Main Descriptors
Considered a single stock: No        Spatial Scale: Sub-Regional
Management unit: Yes        Reference year: 2014
Biological State and Trend
State & Trend Descriptors
Exploitation rateUncertain/Not assessed
Abundance levelNo sign of overexploitationNot applicable

Uncertain, but no sign of overexploitation
[The GFCM methodology to provide stock status and management advice is described in the Appendix F of the Sixteenth Session of the Scientific Advisory Committee Report. See the Bibliography section.]
Habitat and Biology
Climatic zone: Temperate.   Horizontal distribution: Neritic.   Vertical distribution: Pelagic.  

Water Area Overview
Spatial Scale: Sub-Regional

Geo References
Resource Structure
Considered a single stock: No

Stock assessment in the GFCM area of application is often conducted by management units, based on GSAs. This method does not ensure that the whole stock is assessed, since stocks may cover several different management units. In some cases, when there is scientific evidence of a stock spreading through different GSAs, as well as information on species from different GSAs, existing information is combined across GSAs. This is then defined as a “joint stock assessment of a shared stock”. The GFCM recommends that when scientific evidence of shared stocks exists, joint stock assessments should be attempted. A number of activities aimed at achieving a better definition of stock boundaries are currently being conducted at the GFCM level. [The State of Mediterranean and Black Sea Fisheries, 2016]
Fishery Indicators
TypeMeasureValueUnitTime period
ProductionCatch 13430tonnes1996
Catch 12500tonnes1997
Catch 9558tonnes1998
Catch 9361tonnes1999
Catch 7315tonnes2000
Catch 8898tonnes2001
Catch 14338tonnes2002
Catch 8538tonnes2003
Catch 8097tonnes2004
Catch 6216tonnes2005
Catch 3096tonnes2006
Catch 2820tonnes2007
Catch 3532tonnes2008
Catch 12137tonnes2009
Catch 9886tonnes2010
Catch 9534tonnes2011
Catch 11434tonnes2012
Catch 17178tonnes2013
Catch 16850tonnes2014
Assessment Model
Type:  Others
Direct acoustic estimate
Scientific Advice

Not to increase fishing mortality
Management unit: Yes
Source of information
FAO. 2016. General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean. Report of the eighteenth session of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Fisheries. Nicosia, Cyprus, 21–23 March 2016. Commission générale des pêches pour la Méditerranée. Rapport de la dix huitième session du Comité scientifique consultatif des pêches. Nicosie, Chypre, 21-23 mars 2016. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report/FAO Rapport sur les pêches et l’aquaculture No. 1154. Rome, Italy/Italie.  Click to open
Report of the Working Group on Stock Assessment of Small Pelagic species (WGSASP). FAO-GFCM Rome, Italy, 23-28 November 2015.
FAO. 2016. The State of Mediterranean and Black Sea Fisheries. General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean. Rome, Italy.  Click to open
FAO General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean/Commission générale des pêches pour la Méditerranée. Report of the sixteenth session of the Scientific Advisory Committee. St. Julian’s, Malta, 17–20 March 2014/Rapport de la seizième session du Comité scientifique consultatif. Saint Julien, Malte, Malte, 17-20 mars 2014. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report/FAO Rapport sur les pêches et l’aquaculture. No. R1102. Rome. 2015. 250 pp.  Click to open
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