Biology, ecology and use of habitat of the main targeted species by the artisanal fleet in Ría de Vigo: tools for management.
The Project Artevigo aims to fill a gap in the study of the artisanal fisheries in Galicia. This sector is represented by more than 4000 small boats in the region, employing more than 120,000 people, both directly and indirectly. Local fisheries in Galicia are complex, using multiple gears and targeting many different species, all together having a great importance in management considerations. The project falls inside the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries, and aims to study not only the exploited species, but also their relationships among themshelves and the relationship with the habitat they live in. For this purpose, two species were selected, the ballan wrasse (Labrus bergylta) and the Pollock (Pollachius pollachius). The project is focused in Ría de Vigo but the results will be of application for the whole sector in Galicia.