Tuesday, November 19, 2013

ICCAT North Atlantic Swordfish Assessment

A new stock assessment conducted in September 2013 by the scientific committee of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) concluded that the stock of North Atlantic swordfish remains rebuilt at a sustainable population level.

The assessment predicts that current levels of catch are likely to maintain the North Atlantic swordfish in a rebuilt condition into the future.

After decades of poor catches, U.S. landings of North Atlantic swordfish have improved greatly in recent years.

NOAA Fisheries lists the current status of North Atlantic swordfish in the United States as having a sustainable fishing rate, not overfished, and is above its target population level.

source: NOAA Fisheries

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