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Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Dab, Common – Iceland

Common Dab is a small species of flatfish that grows fast and becomes sexually mature within four years. Dab is found on shallow, sandy bottoms throughout the Northeast Atlantic, and in Iceland they are found all around the country.

Common Dab is mostly caught with Danish seines in Icelandic waters, which cause little to moderate damage to the seafloor. In Iceland, catches peaked at 8,000 tons in the mid 1990s but have declined sharply over the past decade to under 1,000 tons, indicating low abundance. In response to this decline, management has restricted the amount of Common Dab that can be landed so that the total commercial catch does not exceed the number of Dab that are taken as bycatch in other fisheries.

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