Key terms

Is a concept hindering your understanding? This little fishing lexicon might just save the day!

  • How do we determine the status of a population of fish? The status of a fish population is determined based on two criteria: fishing pressure and reproductive biomass.
  • Fisheries: denotes everything related to fishing. Fisheries science covers all disciplines that have to do with fishing.
  • Population: group of fish of a given species in a given geographical area.
  • Fishing pressure: share of fish population mortality due to fishing activity.
  • Reproductive biomass: volume of adult fish at the right age to reproduce.
  • Maximum sustainable yield: the greatest quantity of fish that can be caught over the long term without altering the population’s capacity to replenish itself.