Ireland Area 6 and 7 Atlantic pollock - bottom trawl & gillnet

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Overview

On average, approximately 772 tonnes of saithe were landed annually in mixed demersal fisheries by Irish vessels between 2016 and 2018, 40% of which were caught in the South of Ireland within ICES Area 7.g and 26% caught in 7.j. In 2018, 601 tonnes of saithe were landed which were worth approximately €672,700 for Irish vessels.

Catches of saithe by Irish vessels are mainly taken by bottom otter trawl (mainly in Subarea 6) and set gillnets (mainly in subarea 7) in the following fisheries:

Gillnet fisheries:

• Mixed whitefish gillnet fishery alongside ling and pollack

• Bycatch in hake gillnet fishery

Bottom otter trawl fisheries:

• Small bycatch in fishery targeting anglerfish, megrims, and hake.

• Small bycatch in fishery targeting whiting

• Small bycatch in fishery targeting Nephrops

• During trawling trips for other species a few days may be spent targeting saithe – this is a clean fishery directed at homogeneous shoals of saithe.

FIP Description 

On average, approximately 772 tonnes of saithe were landed annually in mixed demersal fisheries by Irish vessels between 2016 and 2018, 40% of which were caught in the South of Ireland within ICES Area 7.g and 26% caught in 7.j.

FIP Objective(s) 
  • To improve observer programs and enhance data collection by 2022  and to monitor observer coverage rates and industry data provision levels.  
  • To collect information on primary, secondary, and ETP species in the fishery by 2023 and to ensure that this data informs management decisions in the fishery.  
     
  • To develop new utilization options for unavoidable, unwanted catches by 2025. 

 

FIP Type 
Basic
FIP Stage 
Stage 4: Improvements in Fishing Practices or Fishery Management
Start and Projected End Dates
November 2020
October 2025
Next Progress Report Due 
Sunday, July 31, 2022
Species 
Common Name 
Atlantic Pollock
Scientific Name
Pollachius virens
Gear Type 
Bottom Gillnet
Bottom Trawl
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Ireland
Geographic Scope 
Entire country
Landings
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
250 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
300 metric tons
Landings Date 
December 2019
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FIP at a Glance

22% 67% 11%
November 01, 2020
22% 67% 11%
Progress Rating (A) Advanced Progress

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(B) Good Progress

A basic FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result within 12 months.

(C) Some Recent Progress
  • A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 12 (but less than 24) months AND has reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.
  • A FIP younger than 12 months that has never achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result but has reported a Stage 3 activity within the first 12 months.
(D) Some Past Progress
  • A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 12 (but less than 24) months BUT has not reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.
  • A FIP for which the most recent Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 36) months old AND a Stage 3 activity has been reported within six months.
  • A FIP 12-36 months old that has never reported a Stage 4 or 5 result AND has reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.
(E) Negligible Progress
  • A FIP for which the most recent Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 36) months old, with no Stage 3 activity reported in the last six months.
  • A FIP younger than 12 months with no Stage 3 activity reported within 12 months.
  • A FIP 12-36 months old that has never reported a Stage 4 or 5 result AND has not reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.

The ratings are currently derived by SFP from publicly available data on FIP websites, including FisheryProgress.org, and are determined using the following methodology: View PDF

B Good Progress
Actions Complete

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  • Complete
  • Incomplete
Next Update Due FisheryProgress requires a FIP to provide update reports every six months, and two missed reports will render the FIP inactive. If a report is overdue, this date will appear red.
Jul 2022
Target End Date
Oct 2025
Additional Impacts:
Ecosystem

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Verifish
Organization Type 
Other
Primary Contact 
Frank Fleming
Email 
Phone 
00353214928934
FIP Identification Number The FIP Identification Number is automatically generated by FisheryProgress when a FIP profile is created. While the number itself is not meaningful, they are used by NGOs, academia, and industry to refer to FIPs in a consistent way.
14442