Argentine Hake

(Merluccius hubbsi)

Stockfish, Stockvis, Merlu, Fishfingers

1. What is it?

Argentine hake, (Merluccius hubbsi) are migratory, predatory, spawning fish found at depth of 100 m -200 m. Stocks have been depleted to the point of collapse in Uruguay and Argentina and over exploitation have recently been confirmed in Brazil. Currently the stock is rated is over exploited.

2. How was it caught or farmed?

Argentine hake are caught using bottom trawl nets. These nets are dragged near the sea floor at depths ranging from 100-200m. This type of fishing is known to cause damage to the surrounding habitat and bycatch of many vulnerable species including birds, sharks and other fish species is an issue.

3. Where is it from?

Argentine hake is caught off the coast of Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil (FAO 41). Several restrictive measures were adopted in order to promote stock recovery (Only in Argentina and Uruguay). There is some indication of recovery with increased recruitment levels, however, stocks are still not at a level that can sustain current fishing pressures. In addition, there are no effective management measures in place to mitigate for the high level of bycatch and discard reported in this fishery. Argentina has recently implemented further restrictions in the form of spatial management and closed areas.