Black scabbardfish

Quality mark Cultivation
/Keurmerk Wild
Green
Second choice
Avoid
Bycatch

Black scabbardfish

Aphanopus carbo
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Origin

Atlantic Ocean, north-east (FAO 27)
Deelgebieden: Rockall, north-western coast of Scotland and Northern Ireland

Farming- / Catch method

Bottom otter trawl

Fish stocks and fishing pressure
Ecosystem effects
Fishery management
Final assessment
Explanation assessment

The [fishing pressure] on black scabbard fish seems to be stable and at a sustainable level. This species is often found as bycatch.

The fishery with bottom otter trawls has a lot of bycatch and directly disrupts the bottom life. On the long-term this can lead to a change in the diversity of the habitat and [species composition] in sea.

The management of this fishery is only partly effective, mainly because good data are lacking.

 

Black scabbardfish

Aphanopus carbo
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Origin

Atlantic Ocean, north-east (FAO 27)
Deelgebieden: portuguese waters

Farming- / Catch method

Set longlines

Fish stocks and fishing pressure
Ecosystem effects
Fishery management
Final assessment
Explanation assessment

The [fishing pressure] of black scabbardfish is stable and on a sustainable level. A large part of the catch consists of juveniles.

The longlineLongline:
Also known as line fishing. A fishing method in which lines and hooks are used.
fishery has a lot of bycatch of protected and endangered species, like sharks and rays. This fishery does little damage to the rocky seabeds in these regions.

The fisheries in these areas are managed by the EU, Spain, Portugal and the regional authorities of Madeira and the Azores. There is no management plan for this species.

 

General

Perchids

Perchids (Perciformes)  is by far the largest family of fishes and comprise more than 41% of all vertebrate fish. Perchids occur in either fresh and saltwater areas all over the world. Well-known perchids are seabass, dorado, mahi-mahi and weever.

Black scabbardfish

The black scabbardfish is a deep-sea species living at depths of 180-1700 meters in the Atlantic Ocean. Its body is black, extremely elongated and flattened and can be up to 110 cm long. The fish has a mouth full of very sharp teeth.
During the day, the black scabbardfish is found along the seabed and moves upward at night to feed on crustaceans, cephalopods (squids and octopuses) and other small fish.