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Pelagic Sampling

A comprehensive pelagic sampling programme is undertaken annually, in all the major pelagic ports around the country.  Irish pelagic fleets target very valuable species such as herring, mackerel, horse mackerel, and blue whiting.  

Biological parameters such as length, weight, sex, maturity and age are collected for all pelagic stocks sampled and this data provides the basis for stock assessments on pelagic stocks in the waters around Ireland.