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Profile updated on 20 September 2022

SUMMARY

SUMMARY

IDENTIFICATION

SCIENTIFIC NAME(s)

Dicentrarchus labrax

SPECIES NAME(s)

European seabass

The European Seabass is able to migrate several hundreds of kilometers to find its spawning grounds along the north and east Atlantic coast of Europe. Furthermore, no genetic structure differences have been found from the Bay of Biscay to Norway, and genetic flow was detected from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic population (Fritsch et al. 2007)(Souche et al. 2015). Surrounding the Iberian peninsula three different stocks were proposed, the first in the Bay of Biscay, the second from Portugal to Morocco, and finally a third stock in the Mediterranean (Souche et al. 2015). The stock identity is assumed to be Portugal & Northern Spain (ICES areas 8.c & 9.a) (ICES 2018), but further research is recommended to understand the stock structure of European seabass. 


ANALYSIS

Strengths
  • Mesh size limitations (80 mm) are in place (European Union 2019) as well as a minimum conservation reference size for recreational fishing at 42 cm (THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION 2020).
  • No discards were observed in 2003-2020 (ICES 2021).

FISHSOURCE SCORES

Management Quality:

Management Strategy:

< 6

Managers Compliance:

< 6

Fishers Compliance:

< 6