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Gridded abundance maps of commercial fish species from the North Sea
Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ); Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ); (2015):Gridded abundance maps of commercial fish species from the North Sea; European Marine Observation Data Network (EMODnet) Biology project (, funded by the European Commission’s Directorate - General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE).

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Gridded abundance maps of commercial fish species. This product was developed with DIVA (Data-Interpolating Variational Analysis). Data was provided by ICES (IBTS dataset - Fish trawl survey: ICES North Sea International Bottom Trawl Survey for commercial fish species. ICES Database of trawl surveys (DATRAS). The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, Copenhagen. 2010. Online source: The maps show clearly the dramatic stock depletion of the last decades in the North Sea. Scale: log-transformed CPUE.

Biology > Fish
Marine, ANE, North Sea, Ammodytes Linnaeus, 1758, Clupea harengus Linnaeus, 1758, Engraulis encrasicolus (Linnaeus, 1758), Gadus morhua Linnaeus, 1758, Gouania willdenowi (Risso, 1810), Gymnammodytes semisquamatus (Jourdain, 1879), Hyperoplus Günther, 1862, Scomber scombrus Linnaeus, 1758, Sprattus sprattus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Geographical coverage
ANE, North Sea [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
1980 - 2013

Taxonomic coverage
Ammodytes Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]
Clupea harengus Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]
Engraulis encrasicolus (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
Gadus morhua Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]
Gouania willdenowi (Risso, 1810) [WoRMS]
Gymnammodytes semisquamatus (Jourdain, 1879) [WoRMS]
Hyperoplus Günther, 1862 [WoRMS]
Scomber scombrus Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]
Sprattus sprattus (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]

Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut voor Onderzoek der Zee (NIOZ), moredata creator
Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), moredata creator

Related datasets
Source dataset:
NS-IBTS: ICES North Sea International Bottom Trawl Survey for commercial fish species, more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data products
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2016-10-07
Information last updated: 2016-10-18
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