Atlantic Ocean, north-east (FAO 27)
The state of the Atlantic wolffish stock is not exactly known. From catch data can however be derived that the stock is improving compared to past years. The current fishing pressure is also on the determined sustainable level.
Fishing with Danish seines has relatively little bycatch, bycatch of sharks and rays occurs however. Bycatch is not discarded and there is strict enforcement and regulations. The impact of Danish seines on the ecosystem is unknown.
Wolffish eat sea urchins and introduced crab species and in doing so controls these populations. It is also a prey species for grey seals. It is therefore in the interest of the entire ecosystem that seawolf does not become overfished.
There is a management plan for wolffish in Iceland. This is effective, however, the catches are still higher than the TAC (Total Allowable Catch).