Atlantic Ocean, central east (FAO 34)
The tongue sole fishery in The Gambia is a small-scale fishery, in which tongue sole is caught with canoes. They use [gill nets] which do not damage the seabed. 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 endangered species or [discarding] hardly takes place.
Several measures are taken to regulate the fishery. The coastal zone is reserved for small-scale fishery. Large-scale fishery, like [beam trawl fishery], is prohibited in this area. The data collection of the tongue sole fishery is getting better, but there is still no good system for a reliable [stock assessment].
Catch compositions from the region show that this is not yet overfishedOverfished:
A stock is overfished when the stock size has decreased 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. .