Chondrichthyes caught during the MEDITS surveys in the Italian waters

fish trawl survey biomass Mediterranean Sea



Data on chondrichthyes fished during 16 surveys as part of the MEDITS project carried
out from 1994 to 2009 on trawlable bottoms up to 800m depth in all seas around Italy are presented and discussed. From a total of 7 GSAs (10255 hauls) 38 elasmobranch species, including 21 rays and skates, 16 sharks and 1 chimaera, have been identified. Only 10 species occurred in all GSAs, 31 in the Strait of Sicily and 19 in the South Adriatic Sea. The number of species caught per year ranged from 23 to 31...