Gurnard, Yellow or Tub
Triglia or Chelidonichthys lucerna
The largest European gurnard, yellow or tub gurnard is more vulnerable to fishing than either red or grey gurnard. There are some indications that abundance is increasing, however more research is required to get a true picture of stock status. Avoid eating immature fish and during their breeding season (May to July). More data is required, both biological and fisheries related, in order to gain a better understanding of the stock and fishery. Gurnards are non-quota species so they are often discarded due to low market demand. Increased consumption and demand for the species will alleviate the need to waste fish through the practice of discarding, but efforts must be made to understand the biology of the stocks and manage them appropriately if the species is to become commercially targeted.
Gurnards belong to a group of fish known collectively as Trigliadae (sea robins). The yellow or tub gurnard is the largest European gurnard. It attains a maximum length of 75cm, usually between 50-60cm. Maximum reported age 15 years. Spawns from May to July. Gurnards are able to grunt or growl by the use of muscles associated with the swim bladder, and this is believed to aid in keeping schools together.
There is no stock assessment for the species, but there have been increases in abundance in North Sea beam trawl time series surveys, and the abundance of the species in the area has 'fluctuated at a relatively high level'. Analysis of CPUE data has shown increases in abundance of species having southern biogeographic affinities (including tub gurnard), however whether this is due to migration or expansion is unclear. A relatively abundant gurnard fishery exists in inshore waters of 20-150m and it is a moderately important food-fish, especially in continental Europe.
Taken as bycatch in trawl fisheries. There is a potential for damage to the seabed by trawling. Trawling is also associated with discarding of unwanted fish, i.e. undersized and/or non-quota and/or over-quota species. There is currently no management for any of the gurnard species in the EU - there is no minimum landing size, no quota, and no effort, seasonal, temporal or technical regulations for the species.
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