Greater silver smelt

Argentina silus

WHERE CAN YOU FIND IT?

  • Atlantic
  • Kattegat-Skagerrak

HOW TO MEASURE?

Total length (cm)

DOES IT HAVE A LEGAL SIZE?

No

HOW TO MEASURE

DISTRIBUTION MAP


DISTRIBUTION

Found in the East Atlantic from the Barents Sea and Iceland to the Bay of Biscay. Likewise from the Northern North Sea to Southwest of Ireland.

ECOLOGY

Bathypelagic species found at depths of 140-1400 m but more commonly found at depths of 200-600 m. Feeds on planktonic invertebrates and small fish.

FISHERIES

Caught as intended and as by-catch in mixed trawl fisheries.

DID YOU KNOW

Due to its aggregating behaviour and low productivity, it is particularly susceptible to rapid local depletion and vulnerable to over-exploitation.