Identification: Sardine off the north west African coast is currently divided into three stocks – northern, central and southern – but recent genetic studies indicate that only two stocks may be present, with the central unit divided between them (FAO, 2007).
FAO continues to consider three units until more information becomes available. Presently only the central (zones A+B; Cape Cantin – Cape Boujdor) and southern (zone C; Cape Boujdor – Cape Blanc) units are regularly assessed due to lack of data on the northern stock. The fishery on the northern stock is very small compared to the central and southern fisheries.
The fishery is a mixed fishery for six small pelagic species (sardine, mackerel, anchovy, sardinella and two species of horse mackerel). It was decided, however, to focus initially on sardine, because this is the most important target species, and in order not to make the project too complicated. The other target species are considered as ‘bycatch’ under MSC Principle 2, and are still the target of FIP activities on that basis.
The Moroccan Sardine FIP has held five stakeholder meetings in Morocco and at the Brussels Seafood show since its inception. These meetings are critical for reviewing FIP progress, discussing the fishery management and planning next steps. The sixth meeting has been scheduled for the morning of 21stJanuary 2016 at the Sheraton, Casablanca, stakeholders are welcome to attend.
The following documents provide the meeting agendas and summaries of the proceedings.
The Steering Group members are:
Institut National de Recherche Halieutique (INRH) –
Office National des Pêches (ONP) – http://www.onp.co.ma/
Ministère de l’Agriculture et de la Pêche Maritime – http://www.agriculture.gov.ma/
Link to participants agreement:
Link to the stock assessment published in 2016 – http://www.inrh.ma/publications/etat-des-stocks-et-des-pecheries-au-maroc-2014