Sardine, Sardina pilchardus
Purse seine and beach seine
VOLUME OF LANDINGS : 986.9 tons in 2013
FISHING FLEET :
Purse seine : 70 french vessels in 2015
Beach seine : 6 french vessels in 2015
LANDINGS PORTS :
Purse seine : Port-Vendres (PV), Sète (ST), Martigues (MT), Marseille (MA), Toulon (TL)
Beach seine : Nice (NI)
This fishery utilises two types of fishing gear: purse seine and beach seine. A purse seine is a large wall of netting used to surround schools of fish from the sides and from below, thus stopping them from escaping by diving. A beach seine is a net operated from shore. It is used to catch sardine whitebait.
Purse seine fishing operates throughout the summer and in early autumn, while beach seine fishing operates throughout the winter and in spring (between February and May). Both methods are practised in the Gulf of Lions.
Results of the MSC pre-assessment, conducted using the precautionary principle (bar filled = benchmark achieved). Only some of the data is presented here. For a full listing of the results, please visit the Medfish website.
POINTS FOR IMPROVEMENT
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