Atlantic Ocean, north-east (FAO 27)
Bottom otter trawl, Set longlines, Gillnets
There is an increase of Angler in Iceland, likely due to the rising water temperature. A good overview of the stock still lacks, but research is being done. Angler fish mature late, which makes them extra vulnerable to fishing pressure. The angler is popular for it’s taste and the structure of the meat.
Longline fishery is more selective than bottom fishery. Gillnets are passive gear that, when applied on a small scale, is reasonably environment-friendly because they are selective (small fish pass through) and use little energy. Gillnets form a problem when they get lost as it continues to catch fish and pollutes the water. Bycatch of small anglers is a problem in this fishery.
Extensive stock assessments are being done in Icelandic waters, and management follows scientific advice.