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Profile updated on 16 June 2021

SUMMARY

SUMMARY

IDENTIFICATION

SCIENTIFIC NAME(s)

Ammodytes spp.

SPECIES NAME(s)

Sandeels nei, Sandlances nei

COMMON NAMES

sandeel

The complete stock structure of North Sea sandeel is unclear, and although several reproductively isolated sub-populations have been identified, some exchange appears to take place between neighboring populations in early life stages. From 2010 onwards ICES has present advice for the North sea sandeel divided into 7 management areas, based on the assumption that this will better reflect the stock structure and enable improved management avoiding local depletion (ICES 2010). This profile represents the SA2 area: South Eastern North Sea. Since 2017, the name of this management area changed to Sandeel Area 2r because of a change in the statistical rectangles (divisions 4.b-c and Subdivision 20) included in the management area (ICES 2017).


ANALYSIS

Strengths
  • Stock assessments are now conducted separately for each of the sandeel management areas in the North Sea. The combination of a new assessment model “SMS-effort” with the specific area-based approach is considered to have improved the quality of the assessment (EU Council Regulation 2021)

FISHSOURCE SCORES

Management Quality:

Management Strategy:

≥ 6

Managers Compliance:

10.0

Fishers Compliance:

7.1