Pomadasys incisus has been observed in relatviely high-density schools in the coastal waters of the Canarian Archipelago, and is considered to be among the 20 most abundant demersal species in the area (Pajuelo et al. 2003). Listed as one of the 5 most abundant fish species in underwater surveys of mostly rocky areas across the Canaries with the highest count of any species on one of the transects (Hajagos and Van Tassell (2001). This is a fast-growing short-lived species (Pajuelo et al 2003). A survey of the fisheries of the Canary Islands found that this species was in danger of recruitment-overfishing, as 45% of the individuals caught are below the breeding size (Pajuelo et al. 2003). In the Canary Islands an 80% reduction in non-exploited equilibrium rates are inferred from a growth-overfishing model. This rate of exploitation is difficult to interpret because exploited rates of decline are unknown in this type of soft-sediment trawling. Furthermore, this species is abundant over rocky bottoms in the Canary Islands at the same time as growth overfishing is reported. Abundant in parts of its range in the Mediterranean (Francour et al. Med Red List workshop assessment 2007). Kapiris et al (2008) indicate from anecdotal information from fishermen that this species is heavily exploited as by-catch in the Aegean sea. It is a thermophilic species that apparently is expanding its range into the northern Med because of increasing temperatures (Fehri-Bedoui and Gharbi 2008). This species is also caught in Angolan fisheries, though not at such high levels (Agostinho et al. 2005).
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