Ecuador Landings in November 2011
Sharks and Rays caught by Ecuador in November 2011Helmut Nickel, Shark Year Magazine,
24. January 2012
Republic of Ecuador
Fishing Report November 2011
Landing of Sharks and Rays
In November 2011, the estimated total landing of sharks and rays was reported to be 752.99 tons, representing an increase of 31.62 percent in comparison to October 2011.
The smooth hammerhead shark (Sphyrna zygaena) was the main species caught with over 45 percent of the total landings. In the previous months (July-Oct.), the pelagic thresher shark (Alopias pelagicus) used to be by far the most common species caught in Ecuador and the hammerhead shark catches never exceeded 6 percent of the total elasmobranch landings.
ECUADOR – Total estimated landings (t) by species – November 2011 :
Smooth hammerhead (Sphyrna zygaena) = 341.07 t (45.295 %).
Pelagic thresher shark (Alopias pelagicus) = 222.98 t (29.613 %).
Blue shark (Prionace glauca) = 106.25 t (14.110 %).
Shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) = 12.23 t (1.624 %).
Silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) = 11.05 t (1.467 %).
Bigeye thresher shark (Alopias superciliosus) = 6.24 t (0.829 %).
Sicklefin smooth-hound (Mustelus lunulatus) = 0.85 t (0.113 %).
Smalltail shark (Carcharhinus porosus) = 0.08 t (0.011 %).
Pacific angelshark (Squatina californica) = 0.03 t (0.004%).
Longtail stingray (Dasyatis longa) = 44.79 t (5.948 %).
Pacific Cownose Rays (Rhinoptera steindachneri) = 2.57 t (0.341 %).
Butterfly Ray (Gymnura spp.) = 2.67 t (0.355 %).
Japanese Devilray (Mobula japanica) = 0.62 t (0.082 %).
Sharpnose stingray (Dasyatis acutirostra) = 0.58 t (0.077 %).
Giant electric ray (Narcine entemedor) = 0.46 t (0.061%).
Flathead guitarfish (Rhinobatos planiceps) = 0.40 t (0.053 %).
Spotted Eagle Rays (Aetobatus narinari) = 0.12 t (0.016 %).
TOTAL = 752.99 tons ( 100 % ).
Source: Esteban Elías, Instituto Nacional de Pesca Ecuador.