Shallow-water Cape hake
The distribution of deep-water Merluccius paradoxus and shallow-water Merluccius capensis Cape hakes overlap along the continental shelf and upper slope of South Africa; both species occupy different depths but coincide between 150 and 300m (DAFF 2012).
The relation between this and the neighboring Namibian population is as yet unclear. The most recently available data on the stock structure was discussed in a workshop on the subject, held in November 2014 (OLRAC SPS 2014). According to the workshop report, for M. capensis there are currently five hypotheses: “four 2-stock hypotheses (again differing in terms of the areas of overlap between the two stocks)”, and the initial 3-stock hypothesis. In South African waters M. capensis is currently treated as a single stock for assessment purposes, but discussions on the stock structure will continue.