Atlantic Ocean, north-east (FAO 27)
The greater weever is bycatch in several fisheries, including [flyshoot]. The size of the stock is unknown.
[Flyshoot] is considered to be a relatively selective fishery, with little bycatchBycatch:
Species caught next to species targeted for fishery. By-catches can consist of non-commercial species and species that are too small, and can be kept (this part is sometimes called by-product) or thrown back into the sea (discards). of undersizedUndersized fish:
Fish smaller than a prescribed minimum size. These sizes are determined per species and per country. For Europe, a minimum landing size applies to all EU Member States. fish. This is however strongly dependent on the target species, the [mesh size], the fishing area and the season. Bycatch of flyshoot fisheries in the English Channel and the North Sea can be substantial. Moreover, the bottom fisheries in this area are known for their bycatch of rays and sharks, which are very vulnerable to fishing pressure. It is therefore not excluded that these will also be caught in this fishery.
The English Channel and the North Sea are under the EU fishing policy. There are however no specific fishery measures for weever.