EU’s Most Wanted

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Author: Peter Pierrou and Allison Perry
Date: April 29, 2014



A new report released by the European Commission paints a broad overview of European fisheries. Here are some key facts for you:

  • Despite a shrinking EU fleet - with less fishing capacity in the past - many EU stocks are still overfished.
  • In the Mediterranean and Black Seas, the number of stocks considered to be fished at sustainable levels has dropped since 2010.
  • Spain captures the most fish in the EU, with blue shark accounting for the greatest share of catches. This species is fished in all of the world's major oceans - with no catch limits or management measures.

According to the report, these are the most captured species in EU fisheries. It’s a lot of fish, no doubt – and the ones highlighted are just a fraction of the more than 800 species taken by EU fleets:

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Number 1:  Herring, 509 951 tonnes

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Number 2: Sprat, 413 415 tonnes

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Number 3: Mackerel, 376 333 tonnes

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Number 4: Sandeel, 335 023 tonnes

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Number 5: Sardine, 307 963 tonnes

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Number 6: Horse mackerel, 159 756 tonnes

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Number 7: Cod, 146 634 tonnes

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Number 8: Jack and horse mackerels, 133 531 tonnes

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Number 9: Anchovy, 126 115 tonnes

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Number 10: Round Sardinella, 123 600 tonnes

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Number 11: Skipjack tuna, 121 056 tonnes

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Number 12: Yellowfin tuna, 102 132 tonnes

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Number 13: Blue shark, 100 270 tonnes

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Number 14: Hake, 85 256 tonnes

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Number 15: Plaice, 82 668 tonnes

© OCEANA / Carlos Minguell