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Title: ASSESSMENT OF THE EXPLOITED FISH POPULATION’S STATUS ALONG THE BULGARIAN BLACK SEA COAST ACCORDING TO INDICATORS OF THE EU MARINE STRATEGY FRAMEWORK DIRECTIVE

ASSESSMENT OF THE EXPLOITED FISH POPULATION’S STATUS ALONG THE BULGARIAN BLACK SEA COAST ACCORDING TO INDICATORS OF THE EU MARINE STRATEGY FRAMEWORK DIRECTIVE
M. Panayotova; R. Bekova; B. Prodanov
1314-2704
English
21
3.1
• Prof. DSc. Oleksandr Trofymchuk, UKRAINE
• Prof. Dr. hab. oec. Baiba Rivza, LATVIA
The present study is aimed to assess the status of Black Sea fish species harvested by the Bulgarian fishing fleet, according to the three criteria of Descriptor D3 under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). Achieving healthy fish populations depends on the adverse impact on species as a result of fishing activity. Descriptor D3 of MSFD addresses the commercial fish stocks status by applying indicators assessing the exploited fish sustainability, reproductive capacity and recruitment, and the age and size structure. The ichthyologic survey was carried out during the period 5.10 - 15.11.2017 at 40 stations over the entire Bulgarian Black Sea shelf using mid-water otter trawl gear. Totally 28 fish species were caught, nine of which were targeted by the fisheries. All estimated indicators - catch/biomass ratio, abundance indices, the proportion of fish larger than mean size of first sexual maturation, 95th percentile of the fish length and mean length of fish demonstrate that none of the commercial species was achieved Good Environmental Status (GES) at criterion level. Catch/biomass ratio and the estimated biomasses by species (S. sprattus – 1174 t, M. merlangus -32 437 t, P. saltatrix – 226 t, T. mediterraneus – 1618 t, M. barbatus – 1668 t, S. maximus – 533 t, S. acanthias – 707 t, A. immaculata – 328 t, R. clavata – 114 t) are lower than the thresholds set at the national level. Negative alterations have been observed in the size structure due to the high fishing pressure. To reduce the negative impact of fisheries, it is necessary to manage fish resources in the Black Sea in a coordinated manner based on scientific advice, grounded on data, gathered by harmonized methods, and implemented on the basin-scale level.
conference
21st International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2021
21st International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2021, 16 - 22 August, 2021
Proceedings Paper
STEF92 Technology
SGEM International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference
SWS Scholarly Society; Acad Sci Czech Republ; Latvian Acad Sci; Polish Acad Sci; Serbian Acad Sci & Arts; Natl Acad Sci Ukraine; Natl Acad Sci Armenia; Sci Council Japan; European Acad Sci, Arts & Letters; Acad Fine Arts Zagreb Croatia; Croatian Acad Sci
517-526
16 - 22 August, 2021
website
cdrom
8031
exploited fish; monitoring; abundance index; age and size structure; Bulgarian Black Sea; MSFD; Descriptor 3

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