Ireland haddock - trawl & seine

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Overview

Haddock is an important species for Irish demersal fisheries. In 2018 the Irish fleet landed 3500 tonnes worth approximately €6.5 million.   

Haddock live near the sea bed at depths between 10 and 200m and Irish waters provide important spawning and nursery areas for the species. Irish waters are at the southern end of the distribution of haddock, allowing them to grow fast and mature early. They reach a length of around 27cm after two years of growth and most haddock are mature at age two. However, haddock are a cold water species and warm winters have been linked to poor recruitment success. All haddock stocks occasionally produce extremely large fluctuations in stock size which can make managing the stock at the Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) level challenging. 

The vast majority of Irish haddock catches are made with trawls (otter trawls and seines). The Celtic Sea (ICES area 7b-k) is the most important area for Irish haddock fishing. 

TR1 gears (trawls and seines with a codend mesh size ≥100mm) are responsible for the majority of the haddock catch by Irish vessels in the Celtic Sea (57% of landings and discards in 7.b-c, e-k between 2014 and 2016; STECF, 2017a). The TR1 fishery in the Celtic Sea is characterized as a mixed fishery, mainly targeting gadoid species, such as haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus), cod (Gadus morhua), and whiting (Merlangius merlangus) as well as anglerfish and megrim.  

TR2 gears (trawls and seines with a codend mesh size range 70-100mm) are responsible for most of the remainder of Irish haddock catches in the Celtic Sea (29% of landings and discards in 7.b-c, e-k between 2014 and 2016).  

FIP Description 

Haddock is an important species for Irish demersal fisheries. In 2018 the Irish fleet landed 3500 tonnes worth approximately €6.5 million.   

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 promote the use of gears and approaches which reduce bycatch and discards in the fishery by 2025 and to monitor changes in uptake levels of such gears.   

  • Increase compliance with the Landing Obligation by raising awareness & understanding of this management measure by 2024 

 

FIP Type 
Basic
FIP Stage 
Stage 4: Improvements in Fishing Practices or Fishery Management
Start and Projected End Dates
October 2020
September 2025
Last Progress Report Reviewed 
Monday, August 29, 2022
Next Progress Report Due 
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Species 
Common Name 
Haddock
Scientific Name
Melanogrammus aeglefinus
Gear Type 
Bottom Trawl
Seine
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Ireland
Geographic Scope 
Entire country
Landings
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
3,000 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
4,500 metric tons
Landings Date 
December 2019
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4% 39% 32% 25%
October 01, 2020
4% 39% 32% 25%
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  • A FIP younger than 12 months with no Stage 3 activity reported within 12 months.
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B Good Progress
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  • 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.
Jan 2023
Target End Date
Sep 2025
Additional Impacts:
Ecosystem

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Marine Applications Ltd
Organization Type 
Consultant
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.
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