Mediterranean swordfish is highly consumed in the Mediterranean Sea. Average annual reported catches by Mediterranean riparian States are similar to those of the North Atlantic stock, but management measures are far from comparable.
Despite the exploitation levels experienced by this stock, ICCAT’s level of concern regarding this species and its sustainable management has not been in accordance. Mediterranean swordfish fisheries have historically been carried out without proper management measures and with high levels of illegal fishing.
Learn more about Oceana’s swordfish conservation work at ICCAT: Read our factsheet.