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Gurnard, Yellow or Tub

Triglia or Chelidonichthys lucerna

Method of production - Caught at sea
Capture method - Demersal otter trawl
Capture area - North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area - All Areas
Stock detail - I- IX
Accreditation -
Fish type - White round fish

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This fish, caught by the methods and in the area listed above, is not the most sustainable choice of fish to eat. Click on the rating icon above to read more and on the alternatives tab below to find more sustainable fish to eat.


Sustainability overview

Gurnards are a non-quota species so 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. 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 better understanding of stock status. Avoid eating immature fish and during their breeding season (May to July).

Biology

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.

Stock information

Stock area
All Areas

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Stock information
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.

Management

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. For management purposes, information is required on landings, stock structure and biological data in order to achieve their sustainable exploitation in the longer term.

Capture information

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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Alternatives

Based on method of production, fish type, and consumer rating: only fish rated 2 and below are included as an alternative in the list below . Click on a name to show the sustainable options available.

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