|Avoidance within a changing assessment paradigm for Mediterranean Hake stocks|
Ragonese, S. (2009). Avoidance within a changing assessment paradigm for Mediterranean Hake stocks. Mediterr. Mar. Sci. 10(1): 125-130
In: Mediterranean Marine Science. National Centre for Marine Research: Athina. ISSN 1108-393X, more
Avoidance; Merluccius merluccius (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; MED, Mediterranean [Marine Regions]; Marine
The Mediterranean hake Merluccius merluccius L., 1758, is the emblem of the so-called Mediterraneandemersal fisheries paradox, showing a persistent, although stable, status of growth overexploitationand an impressive gap between current and any biological reference point. Almost full avoidance capabilityof large size females to bottom trawls, higher overall growth rates than previously believed and highernatural mortality in juveniles than adult, were considered among the most plausible explanation factorsof such persistence. In the present note, arguments are illustrated to raise some concern about avoidanceand highlight the important role of the other factors in improving assessments and launching a shortterm recovery plan for Mediterranean Hake stocks which is more acceptable to fishermen.