Silver Smelt, Greater
Method of production - Caught at sea
Capture method - Deep sea trawl
Capture area - North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area - North East Atlantic
Stock detail - All Areas
Fish type - White round fish
Due to its low productivity, greater silver smelt can only sustain low rates of exploitation. Because of its aggregating behaviour It is particularly susceptible to rapid local depletion. There is limited data available for these fisheries which in some cases have expanded rapidly in response to market demand. Avoid eating.
Greater silver smelt is a benthopelagic deep-water species and lives in schools close to the bottom.
North East Atlantic
Due to its low productivity, greater silver smelt can only sustain low rates of exploitation.
There are no specific objectives for the management of this stock. It is considered incredibly difficult to manage a fishery for deepwater species sustainably; with the current poor data on the vast majority of deepsea fisheries, and poor understanding of the effects on the deepsea ecosystem and seabed, present knowledge is inadequate to provide sustainable advice. Due to the international nature of many of the deep sea fisheries on the high seas, compliance with any regulations can be low, and due to the difficulties in enforcement on the high seas, there can be huge problems with Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported catches.
Greater silver smelt is taken as bycatch in targeted fisheries for redfish and in targeted fisheries. Fisheries for this species have expanded rapidly in some areas such as Iceland.
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.
ICES Advice 2014, Book 9 http://www.ices.dk/sites/pub/Publication%20Reports/Advice/2014/2014/Greater%20silver%20smelt.pdf
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