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Cape hake

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General

Cod-like fish

Cod-like fishes belong to the Gadidae family. This includes the Atlantic and Pacific cod, pouting, haddock, whiting, European pollock, Alaska pollock and saithe. They live near the seabed in coastal waters and in deeper waters. During the day, they aggregate in schools. At night, they separate to forage independently. Gadidae are omnivorous fish that feed on worms, molluscs, bivalves, crustaceans and small fish. They migrate over large distances to spawn and to hunt on large schools of herring and smelt.

 

 

Cape hake

There are two species of Cape hake. Their distribution ranges overlap in the southeast Atlantic Ocean. However,Merluccius paradoxus can primarily be found in deeper waters between 200 and 100 metres and Merluccius capensis can be found in shallower coastal waters in depths of up to 50 metres. Merluccius paradoxus can reach a maximum length of 115 cm and is smaller than Merluccius capensis which can reach 140 cm in length.  

 

Cape hake

Merluccius capensis, Merluccius paradoxus
Origin

Pacific Ocean, south-east (FAO 87)

Farming- / Catch method

Bottom otter trawl

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Explanation assessment

The South African bottom otter trawl fishery on Cape hake is certified with the MSC label in 2004. It is a bottom fishery with trawls, with fishing occurring during the day, when hakes are schooling on the bottom.

There are two kinds of Cape hake. The certified coastal fishery focuses on Merluccius capensi, while the off-shore fishery focuses on Merluccius paradoxus.

 

Cape hake

Merluccius capensis, Merluccius paradoxus
Origin

Pacific Ocean, south-east (FAO 87)

Farming- / Catch method

Set longlines

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Fish stocks and fishing pressure
Ecosystem effects
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Final assessment
Explanation assessment

The fishing pressure on Cape hake in the Namibian waters is high, but Cape hake is, like some other fish species, less vulnerable to a high fishing pressure. The species seems to be not overfished.

The fishery on Cape hake is a bottom fishery with longlines, with fishing occurring during the day, when hakes are schooling on the bottom. There is little known about bycatch in this fishery but it is estimated to be low.

There are two species of Cape hake. Merluccius capensis lives at 100-350 m depth and Merluccius paradoxus lives at 300-600 m depth. These species are managed as one species. The management in Namibian waters consists of [catch limits] and the closing of shallow seawaters for the fishery.

 

Cape hake

Merluccius capensis, Merluccius paradoxus
Origin

Pacific Ocean, south-east (FAO 87)

Farming- / Catch method

Bottom otter trawl

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
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  • Aug
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  • Nov
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Fish stocks and fishing pressure
Ecosystem effects
Fishery management
Final assessment
Explanation assessment

The fishing pressure on Cape hake in the Namibian waters is high, but Cape hake is, like some other fish species, less vulnerable to a high fishing pressure. The species seems to be not overfished.

The fishery on Cape hake is a bottom fishery with trawls, with fishing occurring during the day, when hakes are schooling on the bottom. There is little known about bycatch in this fishery, but it is estimated to be low.

There are two species of Cape hake. Merluccius capensis lives at 100-350 m depth and Merluccius paradoxus lives at 300-600 m depth. These species are managed as one species. The management in Namibian waters consists of [catch limits] and the closing of shallow seawaters for the fishery.

 

ASC label

Fish with the ASC label is farmed in a sustainable manner.

MSC label

Fish with the MSC label is caught sustainably.

Good fish

This fish is not being overfished or is being responsibly farmed, with minimal impact on the environment.

Second choice

This fish is a second choice. There are still some improvements to be made in this fishery or fish farm.

Avoid

Do not buy this fish. It's being overfished or the way it's farmed or caught has a negative impact on the environment.

By-catch

This fish is unwillingly caught while fishing for a different species. They are underused and should be eaten more.

GlobalG.A.P.

GlobalG.A.P. certified farms are doing a step in the right direction in terms of sustainability. A few species with this label are getting a better score on the VISwijzer.

Organic

Organic standards are the strictest when it comes to fish feed. They also require certain measures for animal well-being.

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