AZTI’s scientists studying the anchovy stock in spring in the Bay of Biscay estimate that the biomass is among the three largest registered ones since the Bioman studies began in 1987. According to data obtained by our scientists, preliminary estimates indicate that the anchovy biomass currently exceeds 120,000 tonnes.The positive data from this year confirm the good condition of the species and provide for the final biomass estimate will be situated above the biomass limit established by 21,000 tonnes.
The 2016 Bioman study was conducted by scientists from the AZTI technology centre in the framework of the European Fisheries Sampling Regulation, commissioned by the Department of Economic Development and Competitiveness of the Basque Government and the European Commission. For its part, the General Secretariat of Marine Affairs has provided one of the research vessels used in the survey: the Emma Bardan.
Following the opening of the anchovy fishery in 2010 (after having been closed for five years), thanks to improvements in management measures implemented for this species, fleet and management, supported by the expertise of scientific bodies, they are working hand in hand towards the sustainability of both natural resources and fishing activities. The results of this management plan are evident: a healthy state of the anchovy stock that makes it possible to take new steps towards normalization of this fishery and all economic activity that it entails.
2016 Bioman scientific survey was developed during May, when samples were taken throughout the anchovy breeding area to estimate the biomass in the Bay of Biscay through the implementation of the daily egg production method (MPDH).
The final estimate of the anchovy biomass will be obtained in the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) from the analysis of the set of results of 2016 Bioman and 2016 Pelgas surveys carried out by AZTI and the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER) respectively, and the results of 2016 Juvena survey, held in September by AZTI and the information from the catches made by the Spanish and French fleets.