Little information is available on the biology and ecology of the pearlside. An acoustic survey was conducted in late 2009 to assess the possibility of evaluating the stock, but although the distribution was mapped, no estimate of stock size has yet been obtained (MRI, 2010).
Iceland’s Marine Research Institute assesses most of the stocks in the region. As the pearlside is not yet assessed, and knowledge of the species is incomplete, no TAC has been advised for 2010/2011, but a cautious approach is recommended (MRI, 2010).
No reference points exist for the stock.
The size of the pearlside population is not known (MRI, 2010).
The fishery is still experimental, having started in late 2008 with landings of a few tonnes and expanded in 2009 with catches of around 46,000 tonnes. Around 16,000 tonnes were caught in January and February 2010 (MRI, 2010).
Although the stock structure of this species is not known, catches were similarly reported by the nearby Faroe Islands for the first time in 2008, where nearly 1,500 tonnes were fished (FAO, 2010).