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Bass, seabass (Caught at sea)

Dicentrarchus labrax

Method of production - Caught at sea
Capture method - All applicable methods
Capture area - North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area - Bay of Biscay North and Central
Stock detail - VIIIa,b
Certification -
Fish type - White round fish

Sustainability rating Click for explaination of rating

This fish, caught by the methods and in the area listed above, is not a good choice of sustainable fish to eat and should be only eaten very occasionally. Click on the rating icon above to read more and on the alternatives tab below to find more sustainable fish to eat.


Sustainability overview

The state of the stock and fishery relative to reference points is unknown and information on abundance and catches is unavailable. Stock structure remains poorly known and further studies (including tagging, genetics, or other types of markers) are needed. However the biomass index shows an increasing trend since the mid-2000s and commercial landings have been relatively stable.

Biology

Stock information

Stock area
Bay of Biscay North and Central

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Stock information
The state of the stock and fishery relative to reference points is unknown and information on abundance and exploitation is unavailable. Stock structure remains poorly known and further studies (including tagging, genetics, or other types of markers) are needed. However the biomass index shows an increasing trend since the mid-2000s and commercial landings have been relatively stable over the time series. ICES advises that when the precautionary approach is applied, commercial catches should be no more than 2634 tonnes in each of the years 2016 and 2017.

Management

There is no management plan for sea bass in this area.

Capture information

The majority of seabass landings are taken in targeted fisheries with additional landings of seabass taken as a bycatch. Inshore, small day boats operate using a variety of methods (e.g. gillnet, hook and line, trawl and seine) with relatively little activity in late winter/early spring. Offshore, pre-spawning and spawning aggregations of seabass are targeted by large pelagic trawlers, including pair trawlers, in the English Channel and Bay of Biscay during December to April. Recreational catches are thought to be significant but cannot be quantified.

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Alternatives

Based on method of production, fish type, and consumer rating: only fish rated 2 and below are included as an alternative in the list below . Click on a name to show the sustainable options available.

Alfonsino

Basa, Tra, Catfish or Vietnamese River Cobbler Depending on how and where it's caught this species ranges from sustainable to unsustainable. Click the name to display only the sustainable options.

Bass, seabass (Farmed) Depending on how and where it's caught this species ranges from sustainable to unsustainable. Click the name to display only the sustainable options.

Bream, Gilthead (Farmed) Depending on how and where it's caught this species ranges from sustainable to unsustainable. Click the name to display only the sustainable options.

Cod, Atlantic Cod Depending on how and where it's caught this species ranges from sustainable to unsustainable. Click the name to display only the sustainable options.

Coley, Saithe Depending on how and where it's caught this species ranges from sustainable to unsustainable. Click the name to display only the sustainable options.

Haddock Depending on how and where it's caught this species ranges from sustainable to unsustainable. Click the name to display only the sustainable options.

Hake, Cape

Hake, European Depending on how and where it's caught this species ranges from sustainable to unsustainable. Click the name to display only the sustainable options.

Japanese amberjack, Yellowtail or Seriola

Pollock, Alaska, Walleye Depending on how and where it's caught this species ranges from sustainable to unsustainable. Click the name to display only the sustainable options.

Pouting or Bib Depending on how and where it's caught this species ranges from sustainable to unsustainable. Click the name to display only the sustainable options.

Sturgeon (Farmed) Depending on how and where it's caught this species ranges from sustainable to unsustainable. Click the name to display only the sustainable options.

Tilapia

Whiting Depending on how and where it's caught this species ranges from sustainable to unsustainable. Click the name to display only the sustainable options.


References
ICES Advice 2015, Book 7 http://www.ices.dk/sites/pub/Publication%20Reports/Advice/2015/2015/Bss-8ab.pdf

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