Fisheries and Resources Monitoring System

Anchovy - Adriatic Sea
Marine Resource  Fact Sheet
Stock status report 2015
Anchovy - Adriatic Sea
Fact Sheet Citation  
Engraulis encrasicolus - Adriatic Sea
Owned byGeneral Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) – More
Monitoring periodThis marine resource is reported in FIRMS from 2014. Previously monitored as: Anchovy - Northern Adriatic Sea
; Anchovy - Southern Adriatic Sea
Related observationsLocate in inventorydisplay tree map
FAO Names: en - European anchovy, fr - Anchois, es - Boquerón, ru - Анчоус европейский

Fishery Indicators
Production: Catch
Geographic extent of Anchovy - Adriatic Sea
Main Descriptors
Considered a single stock: Yes        Spatial Scale: Sub-Regional
Management unit: Yes        Reference year: 2014
Biological State and Trend
State & Trend Descriptors
Exploitation rateIn overexploitation (F/FMSY = 1.79)Not applicable
Abundance levelOverexploited (B/Bpa = 0.97; B/Blim = 1.95)Not applicable

[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.   Depth zone: Coastal (0 m - 50 m); Shelf (50 m - 200 m).   Horizontal distribution: Neritic.   Vertical distribution: Pelagic.  

Geographical Distribution
Jurisdictional distribution: Shared between nations

Water Area Overview
Spatial Scale: Sub-Regional

Geo References
Resource Structure
Considered a single stock: Yes

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]
[Anchovy - Adriatic Sea is a shared stock and a joint stock assessment was conducted]
Fishery Indicators
TypeMeasureValueUnitTime period
ProductionCatch 31085tonnes2014
Assessment Model
Type:  Age-structured
Scientific Advice

Reduce 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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