Conservation Status

Not listed by the IUCN. The decline in size and age at maturity are usually the result of a stock that has been overfished. In both the northern and southern stocks, significant mortality of juvenile silver hake has occurred through discarding in the large mesh and small mesh otter trawl fisheries directed at other species. Annual discard estimates over 1989-1992 ranged from 1,430-11,020 tn (1,300-10,000 t [10 million to 81 million fish]) per year. Excessive discard mortality on juveniles may severely limit opportunities to rebuild either silver hake stock. The southern stock is considered to be in an overfished condition.

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