Atlantic Ocean, north-east (FAO 27)
Deelgebieden: North Sea
Gurnard is actively fished with a Scottish seine, also known as flyshooter. This is a selective method, 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 undersized fish. Research on flyshoot fishery however shows that the bycatch of unwanted species, like sharks and rays, can be substantial, dependent on the fishing area and season.
Despite that the gurnard fishery gains in popularity, the catch of gurnard is not regulated. There is a lack of reliable catching data, which makes the size of the stock unknown, but gurnard is probably not 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. : there is little focused fishing and catches are limited. The species is indirectly managed by [catch restrictions] in fisheries where gurnard appears as bycatch (like flatfish fishery).
Fish in season
Fish in the right season is the best quality at that time because the spawning period is over.