Turbot – Northeast Atlantic
Turbot is a flatfish species widely distributed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean from Iceland and Norway to northern Africa, including the Baltic, North, Mediterranean and Black Seas. Turbot grow at medium rates and may live up to 25 years.
The majority of Turbot is caught in the North Sea by bottom trawlers and to a lesser extent by bottom gillnets in multi-species fisheries. Bottom trawls cause substantial damage to bottom habitats, while bottom gillnets result in low to moderate habitat damage. Bycatch in the bottom trawl fisheries can be high and in the gillnet fisheries marine mammals are frequently caught.
Currently there is insufficient information available to determine the abundance of Turbot in the northeastern Atlantic.