Atlantic Ocean, central east (FAO 34)
Deelgebieden: The Gambia
Pots and traps, Pots
There are no good stock estimates of octopus in this area. Because octopuses grow fast and reproduce fast, they are not very vulnerable to overfishingOverfishing:
There is so much fish caught that the size of the stock has diminished so far that it can no longer produce a maximum sustainable yield. The size of the fish populations is insufficient to reproduce in the long term. . Despite this, the available data shows that the stock is overfished.
Fishing with clay pots on octopus is a very selective method with almost no damage to the seabed. Octopuses use the pots as a hiding place.
There is little information about the management of this fishery in Mauritania and Senegal, but it seems to not be very effective.