The Chub Mackerel (Scomber Colias) in the Atlantic Spanish Waters (ICES Divisions 8.c and 9.a): Biological, fishery and survey data
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AuthorsVillamor, B. (Begoña); Carrera, P. (Pablo); Castro, J. (José); Ramos, F. (Fernando); Velasco, F. (Francisco); Sobrino, I. (Ignacio); Navarro, M.R. (Maria Rosario); Gancedo, R.M. (Rosa Maria); Hernandez, C. (Carmen); Marin, M. (Manuel); Blanco, M. (Marian); Tornero, J. (Jorge); Burgos, C. (Candelaria)
Atlantic chub mackerel (Scomber colias , Gmelin, 1978) is a middle-sized pelagic fish distributed in warm and temperate Northeast Atlantic waters. The bulk of the catches takes place in north western waters of Africa, but landing are significantly increased in the most recent years in the Iberian Peninsula, resulting a new target species for both Portuguese and Spanish purse seiner fleets which partially replaces the important drop of sardine landings in both countries. Given this increasing importance and the lack, for the time being, of any scientific assessment, nor management plan and in order to update the available biological and catch information on this specie in Spanish Atlantic waters, this paper working document compile, review and analyze the existing data of biology, fisheries, and surveys to further enhance knowledge on chub mackerel in Atlantic Iberian waters (ICES Subdivisions 9.a South & North and Division 8.c), specifically: (i) stock structure, (ii) spatial distribution ...
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