Cephalopod biology and fisheries in Europe

Pierce, G. J., Allcock, L., Bruno, I., Bustamante, P., González, A., Guerra, A., Jereb, P., Lefkaditou, E., Malham, S., Moreno, A., Pereira, J., Piatkowski, Uwe, Rasero, M., Sánchez, P., Santos, B., Santurtún, M., Seixas, S. and Villanueva, R., eds. (2010) Cephalopod biology and fisheries in Europe ICES Cooperative Research Report, 303 . ICES, Copenhagen, Denmark. ISBN 978-87-7482-078-9

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Over the past two decades, cephalopod molluscs have attracted increased attention from marine biologists and fishery scientists. Several species are important for
European fisheries, as targets of small‐scale coastal fisheries and/or as bycatch in multispecies fisheries for demersal fish. The present report draws on a series of
reviews prepared in 2005 for the CEPHSTOCK project (see Section 1). The taxonomy of the main resource species is reviewed (Section 2), and brief descriptions of each
species are provided, along with information from studies of population genetics, habitat requirements of paralarvae and adults, and health and ecotoxicology (Section
3). The main fisheries are described, including illustration of gears used in specialized small‐scale fisheries and a discussion of the socio‐economic importance of the fisheries. The current status of cephalopod aquaculture is reviewed, highlighting notable advances in commercial culture of octopus and cuttlefish (Section 4). Current fishery data collection and fishery management are described, noting that there is no setting of landings quotas and no routine assessment of stock status. Options for stock assessment are discussed, drawing on one‐off assessments made during specific projects and current practice elsewhere in the world. The “live fast, die young” lifehistory strategies of cephalopods present particular challenges, but parallels can be drawn with short‐lived fish (Section 5). Finally, the report looks to the future, reviewing possible effects of climate change on cephalopods. It discusses the future development of aquaculture and fisheries for cephalopods, including prospects for fishery forecasting and fishery management – especially in relation to the small‐scale directed fisheries. Various knowledge gaps are identified, and ideas for research to fill these gaps are presented.

Document Type: Book
Keywords: Zoology; Marine Biology; cephalopod
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EV Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Fishes
ISSN: 1017-6195
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2010 13:10
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2013 13:21
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/10074

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