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Nephrops Fisheries in European Waters

Ungfors, Anette; Bell, Ewen; Johnson, Magnus L.; Cowing, Daniel; Dobson, Nicola C.; Bublitz, Ralf; Sandell, Jane


Anette Ungfors

Ewen Bell

Daniel Cowing

Ralf Bublitz

Jane Sandell



This review focuses on the Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) as a resource, describing how the fishery has developed from the 1960s to the present day to become one of the most economically important fisheries in Europe. In 2010, the total landings were 66,500tonnes, of which UK fishers landed a significant part (58.1%). The Nephrops fishery is also important for countries such as Ireland (11.7% of the total) and Sweden (1.9%) where it is of regional importance. Some are also taken in the Mediterranean, where Italian, Spanish and Greek fishers together take approximately 7% of the total landing. More than 95% of Nephrops are taken using single- or multi-rig trawlers targeting Nephrops or in mixed species fisheries. In regions such as Western Scotland and the Swedish West Coast, creel fisheries account for up to a quarter of the total landings. Across the range, a small proportion (


Ungfors, A., Bell, E., Johnson, M. L., Cowing, D., Dobson, N. C., Bublitz, R., & Sandell, J. (2013). Nephrops Fisheries in European Waters. In The Ecology and Biology of Nephrops norvegicus (247-314). Elsevier.

Online Publication Date May 10, 2013
Publication Date 2013
Deposit Date Jun 29, 2020
Pages 247-314
Series Title Advances in Marine Biology
Book Title The Ecology and Biology of Nephrops norvegicus
Chapter Number 7
ISBN 9780124104662
Keywords Norway lobster; Trawl evolution; Creel fisheries; Fisheries management; TAC; Functional units; Stock assessment; UWTV
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