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Variety of species in the Azorean Sea

Albacore

Thunnus alalunga

Principal fishing methods: pole-and-line and surface longline and offshore .

Conservation status: red listed as Near Threatened (NT) by the IUCN for the North Atlantic. There is reason for concern as to the status of this species.

Alfonsino

Beryx decadactylus

Principal fishing methods: bottom longline.

Conservation status: although local stocks appear to be healthy, it is likely that this species will prove to be sensitive if deepwater fishing effort increases.

Azorean barnacle

Megabalanus azoricus

Principal fishing methods: gathering.

Conservation status: azorean barnacles are overexploited in many coastal areas.

Bigeye tuna

Thunnus obesus

Principal fishing methods: pole-and-line and surface longline.

Conservation status: although big-eye tuna have not been red listed by the IUCN for the North Atlantic, concern does exist as to the status of this species. Locally caught bigeye tuna have been allocated a minimum commercial size of 3.2 kg.

Black scabbardfish

Aphanopus carbo

Principal fishing methods: handline and deepwater longline.

Conservation status: Local stocks appear to be healthy and are considered as being “virgin stocks”.

Blackspot seabream

Pagellus bogaraveo

Principal fishing methods: handline and bottom longline.

Conservation status: although local stocks appear to be healthy, this species may prove to be sensitive as deepwater fishing effort increases and has been allocated a minimum commercial size of 25 cm and a TAC of 1116 tones/year.

Blacktail comber

Serranus atricauda

Principal fishing methods: handline and bottom longline.

Conservation status: local stocks appear to be healthy.

Blue jack mackerel

Trachurus trachurus

Principal fishing methods: traditional lift net and bottom longline (adults).

Conservation status: stocks in the Azores appear to be healthy, with annual oscillations in abbundance.

Bluefish

Pomatomus saltatrix

Principal fishing methods: coastal trolling and coastal pole-and-line fishing.

Conservation status: atlantic stocks appear to be healthy.

Bluemouth rockfish

Helicolenus dactylopterus

Principal fishing methods: handline and deepwater longline.

Conservation status: although sampling indicates that the average size has declined notably during the last fifteen years, there is currently no reason for concern as to the status of this species.

Bulls-eye

Epigonus telescopus

Principal fishing methods: handline and bottom longline.

Conservation status: local stocks appear to be healthy but, due to its biological charactheristics, they might be sensitive to an increase of the fishing effort.

Chub mackerel

Scomber japonicus

Principal fishing methods: bottom longline and handline.

Conservation status: although there is no immediate concern as to the status of this species in the Azores, chub mackerel have been allocated a minimum commercial size of 20 cm, according to national legislation.

Common octopus

Octopus vulgaris

Principal fishing methods: gathering and trap fishing.

Conservation status: although local stocks appear healthy, Common octopus have been allocated a minimum weight of 750 g.

Common seabream

Pagrus pagrus

Principal fishing methods: handline and bottom longline.

Conservation status: although there is no immediate concern as to the status of this species, locally caught common seabream have been allocated a minimum commercial size of 20 cm.

Common spiny lobster

Palinurus elephas

Principal fishing methods: trap fishing.

Conservation status: Common spiny lobsters have been allocated a minimum commercial size of 9,5 cm (carapace length) and a closed season between January 1st and March 31st for females and from 1 October to 31 December for both sexes.

Conger eel

Conger conger

Principal fishing methods: handline and bottom longline.

Conservation status: there is no immediate concern as to the status of this species in the Azores however, locally caught conger eels have been allocated a minimum commercial size of 58 cm, according to national legislation.

Dusky grouper

Epinephelus marginatus

Principal fishing methods: handline and bottom longline.

Conservation status: although restrictions have been enforced to prevent divers from spearfishing for dusky groupers in the Azores since 1983, there is still concern as to the status of this species.

Forkbeard

Phycis phycis

Principal fishing methods: handline and bottom longline.

Conservation status: local stocks appear to be healthy.

Greater amberjack

Seriola dumerili

Principal fishing methods: coastal pole-and-line and trolling with live bait.

Conservation status: atlantic stocks appear to be healthy.

Grey triggerfish

Balistes capriscus

Principal fishing methods: coastal pole-and-line.

Conservation status: local stocks appear to be healthy.

Guelly jack

Pseudocaranx dentex

Principal fishing methods: handline.

Conservation status: local stocks appear to be healthy.

Imperial blackfish

Schedophilus ovalis

Principal fishing methods: hand line and bottom longline fishing.

Conservation status: local stocks appear to be healthy.

John dory

Zeus faber

Principal fishing methods: handline and bottom longline.

Conservation status: local stocks appear to be healthy, but it is a species not well studied.

Largescaled scorpionfish

Scorpaena scrofa

Principal fishing methods: handline and bottom longline.

Conservation status: although local stocks appear to be healthy, this species may prove sensitive as fishing effort increases.

Mako shark

Isurus oxyrinchus

Principal fishing methods: surface longline.

Conservation status: the Mako shark has been red listed by the IUCN for the North Atlantic. There is good reason for concern as to the status of this species.

Mediterranean moray

Muraena helena

Principal fishing methods: handline and bottom longline.

Conservation status: local stocks appear to be healthy.

Mediterranean slipper lobster

Scyllarides latus

Principal fishing methods: gathering and trap fish.

Conservation status: Mediterranean slipper lobsters have a minimum commercial size of 17 cm (measured from the eye to the root of the tail) and a closed season between May 1st and August 31st has been implemented. This species is overexploited in some areas.

Offshore rockfish

Pontinus kuhlii

Principal fishing methods: handline and bottom longline.

Conservation status: there is no immediate concern as to the status of this species.

 

Oilfish

Ruvettus pretiosus

Principal fishing methods: handline and bottom longline.

Conservation status: local stocks appear to be healthy, but it is a species not well studied.

Parrotfish

Sparisoma cretense

Principal fishing methods: handline and hand operated gillnet.

Conservation status: local stocks appear to be healthy in most areas.

Parrotfish

Sparisoma cretense

Principal fishing methods: handline and hand operated gillnet.

Conservation status: local stocks appear to be healthy in most areas.

Red gurnard

Aspitrigla cuculus

Principal fishing methods: handline and bottom longline fishing.

Conservation status: local stocks appear to be healthy.

Red mullet

Mullus surmuletus

Principal fishing methods: fish traps.

Conservation status: although there is no immediate concern as to the status of this species, locally caught red mullet have been allocated a minimum commercial size of 15 cm.

Rough azorean limpet

Patella aspera

Principal fishing methods: gathering.

Conservation status: rough azorean limpets have been allocated a minimum commercial size of 5 cm and a closed season between October 1st and April 30th. This species has been overexploited in all areas of distribution.

Salema

Sarpa salpa

Principal fishing methods: tangle netting.

Conservation status: although local stocks appear to be healthy, salemas have been allocated a minimum commercial size of 18 cm in accordance with national legislation.

Silver scabbardfish

Lepidopus caudatus

Principal fishing methods: handline and bottom longline.

Conservation status: although once considered plentiful in the Azores, local silver scabbardfish stocks showed a sudden decline in the late 1990’s and have still yet to recover.

Splendid alfonsino

Beryx splendens

Principal fishing methods: bottom longline.

Conservation status: although local stocks appear to be healthy, this species may prove to be sensitive if deepwater fishing effort increases.

 

Swordfish

Xiphias gladius

Principal fishing methods: surface longline.

Conservation status: locally caught swordfish have been allocated a minimum commercial size of 125 cm or 25 kg. Atlantic stocks are overexploited.

Thicklip grey mullet

Chelon labrosus

Principal fishing methods: coastal and trap net fishing.

Conservation status: Although local stocks appear healthy, thick lipped grey mullet are classified as least concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List for threatened species.

Thornback ray

Raja clavata

Principal fishing methods: handline and bottom longline.

Conservation status: although local stocks appear to be healthy, this species has been red-listed by the IUCN as being threatened in the N. Atlantic.

Tuberculate abalone

Haliotis coccinea

Principal fishing methods: gathering.

Conservation status: known to be very sensitive to an intensive exploitation.

Veined Squid

Logilo forbesi

Principal fishing methods: handline fishing with jigs.

Conservation status: local stocks appear to be healthy.

 

Wreckfish

Polyprion americanus

Principal fishing methods: handline and bottom longline.

Conservation status: although local stocks appear to be healthy, they have shown some signs of decline.

Yellowmouth barracuda

Sphyraena viridensis

Principal fishing methods: trolling, principally at night or during twilight hours.

Conservation status: local stocks appear to be healthy.

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