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Scientific name
Sardina pilchardus
Production method
Purse seines
IUCN status
Least concern
Stock status

The stocks of this species are considered as non-fully exploited. Regulatory measures are in accordance with scientific advice. However, a number of shortcomings remain including coordination of regional surveys. Management plans for shared resources, such as small pelagics, are currently being developed.

Ecological effects

Purse seine fisheries in Morocco are not likely to cause significant damage to endangered, threatened, protected (ETP) species. The discard rate of this fishery is low and bycatch is generally low. Significant ecosystem changes caused by this fishery are unlikely. Habitat damage does not occur as purse seines used properly have no or only very little contact with the seafloor.


Management is partially effective. Several measures are in place in Moroccan waters in order to ensure proper management of the small pelagic stocks.  One major issue, the slippage of small pelagics during purse seine operation, is still a matter of concern and was not considered at the time of stating management measure.