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Deep-sea Fishes Literature Review 2019


Information on 11 species of fish is reviewed. This includes the distribution and status of each species, together with accounts of the life cycle and fisheries exploitation.

Three species, the gulper shark, Atlantic halibut and orange roughy are very rarely encountered in surveys. The gulper shark is of uncertain status. This is the southern limit of the Greenland halibut which probably only occurs in the Faroe-Shetland channel and further north. Fisheries for the sharks, porbeagle, spurdog, leafscale gulper and Portuguese dogfish are all prohibited. The round-nose grenadier, blue ling, anglerfish and Greenland halibut are fished commercially within total allowable catch limits. For the roundnose grenadier, blue ling, anglerfish and orange roughy the study area provides important areas for spawning and may be of critical importance as a source of juveniles within the area and for surrounding seas. The study area contains distinctive habitat for endangered species of deep-sea sharks, the gulper sharks and Portuguese dogfish.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2019·06·06

Priede, I.G. (2019) Deep-sea Fishes Literature Review, JNCC Report No. 619, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

This was a detailed literature review which aimed to collate available information and evidence to support the presence of deep-sea features of interest in offshore Scottish waters.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2019·09·27

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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