Last updated on 23 February 2016

SUMMARY

SUMMARY

IDENTIFICATION

SCIENTIFIC NAME(s)

Xiphias gladius

SPECIES NAME(s)

Swordfish

Based on genetic (Chow et al., 2007) and parasite (Garcia et al., 2011) studies, three stocks are considered to exist in the Atlantic Ocean and assessed separately by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT): North Atlantic, South Atlantic and Mediterranean (Kotoulas et al., 1995). Precise stock boundaries are not clear but South and North stocks are separated at 5ºN (ICCAT, 2013a).


ANALYSIS

No related analysis

FISHSOURCE SCORES

Management Quality:

Management Strategy:

≥ 8

Managers Compliance:

10

Fishers Compliance:

10

Stock Health:

Current
Health:

7.6

Future Health:

8.2


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FIPS

No related FIPs

CERTIFICATIONS

No related MSC fisheries

Fisheries

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ASSESSMENT UNIT MANAGEMENT UNIT FLAG COUNTRY FISHING GEAR
South Atlantic ICCAT Brazil Drifting longlines
South Africa Longlines
Spain Hooks and lines
Longlines

Analysis

OVERVIEW

Last updated on 17 May 2011

RECOMMENDATIONS

Last updated on 28 June 2016

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1.STOCK STATUS

2.MANAGEMENT QUALITY

3.ENVIRONMENT AND BIODIVERSITY

FishSource Scores

Last updated on 30 January 2017

MANAGEMENT QUALITY

As calculated for 2012 data.

The score is ≥ 8.

The scientific body that officially conducts regular stock assessments recognizes the management plan as precautionary.

As calculated for 2012 data.

The score is 10.0.

This measures the Set TAC as a percentage of the Advised TAC.

The Set TAC is 15.0 ('000 t). The Advised TAC is 15.0 ('000 t) .

The underlying Set TAC/Advised TAC for this index is 100%.

As calculated for 2012 data.

The score is 10.0.

This measures the Catch as a percentage of the Set TAC.

The Catch is 10.2 ('000 t). The Set TAC is 15.0 ('000 t) .

The underlying Catch/Set TAC for this index is 67.9%.

STOCK HEALTH:

As calculated for 2010 data.

The score is 7.6.

This measures the Ratio SSB/SSBmsy as a percentage of the SSB=SSBmsy.

The Ratio SSB/SSBmsy is 0.897 . The SSB=SSBmsy is 1.00 .

The underlying Ratio SSB/SSBmsy/SSB=SSBmsy for this index is 89.7%.

As calculated for 2011 data.

The score is 8.2.

This measures the Ratio F/Fmsy as a percentage of the F management target.

The Ratio F/Fmsy is 0.946 . The F management target is 1.00 .

The underlying Ratio F/Fmsy/F management target for this index is 94.6%.

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Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs)

No related FIPs

Certifications

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

No related MSC certifications

Sources

References

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