Characterization of small-scale and large-scale fisheries in Saranda (South Albania, Ionian Sea)

Rigers Bakiu, Marthjon Gurma

Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, Agricultural University of Tirana, Tirana, ALBANIA


There have been increasing evidences for the negative impact of fishing on the Mediterranean trophic web and ecosystem recently. The aim of the present study was to provide a general overview on fisheries in south Albania, based on the landing survey of small-scale and large-scale fishing vessels in the fishing port of Saranda. A landing survey was performed at least 3 days a month from July 2016 to March 2017. The analysis was based on catch per unit effort (CPUE) for most species, which are caught by the small-scale and large-scale fishing vessels and landed in Saranda fishing port. The results indicated the overfishing of the target species and suggest that a proper monitoring program should be activated including the small-scale and recreational fisheries activities.

Keywords: European hake, small-scale fisheries, large-scale fisheries, striped red mullet, deep-water rose shrimp

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