Common octopus, Octopus vulgaris
Octopus pots and Portuguese traps
VOLUME OF LANDINGS : 353.9 tons for the octopus pots in 2014
FISHING FLEET : 106 french vessels in 2014 (74% between 6-10 m)
LANDINGS PORTS :
Octopus pots : all fishing ports in Occitanie and from Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer to Marseille in PACA
Boite portugaise : ports in the eastern part of PACA ( Marseille (MA), Toulon (TL) and Nice (NI) )
This fishery utilises two types of fishing gear: octopus pots and Portuguese traps. The octopus pot is specifically designed for octopus fishing as it makes use of the octopus’ behaviour of seeking out holes to shelter in. It is mainly used in Languedoc-Roussillon and in certain areas of the PACA region (between Sainte Marie de la Mer and Marseille). In the eastern part of the Gulf of Lions, octopus are also caught using Portuguese traps. which are small, baited traps that are set out in lines.
Octopus are caught year-round. In some prud’homies, there are seasonal closures during the summer months.
Results of the MSC pre-assessment, conducted using the precautionary principle (bar fully filled in orange = benchmark achieved). Only some of the data is presented here. For a full listing of the results, please visit the Medfish website.
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