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:
• 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.
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.
- 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.
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