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Fishing activities in Gran Canaria take place over 150 species and it must be remarked that the discard rate (units not adequate for consumption) is virtually null, so practically all catches are commercialized.

Fishing is carried out over three main groups: oceanic pelagic, coastal pelagic and demersals.

Oceanic pelagic

Fifteen species of tuna are exploited, mainly.

  • Skipjack Tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis)
  • Bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus)
  • Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares)
  • Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus)
  • Albacore (Thunnus alalunga)
  • Atlanic bonito (Sarda sarda)
  • Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri) only in specific spots like San Cristobal

Coastal pelagic

A few small sized species are exploited.

  • European pilchard (Sardina pilchardus)
  • Atlantic chub mackerel (Scomber colias)
  • Blue jack mackerel and Atlantic horse mackerel (Trachurus picturatus and Trachurus trachurus)
  • European anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus)
  • Bogue (Boops boops)
  • Yellowmouth barracuda (Sphyraena viridensis)
  • Bullet tuna (Auxis rochei rochei); less frequently


It is the largest group, so even when it is not a full list, these are the most noted species by volume and commercial value

  • Mediterranean parrotfish (Sparisoma cretense)
  • Striped red mullet or surmullet (Mullus surmuletus)
  • Sand steenbras (Lithognathus mormyrus)
  • Sargo/White seabream (Diplodus spp)
  • Common pandora (Pagellus erythrinus)
  • Red porgy (Pagrus pagrus)
  • Black seabream (Spondylosoma cantharus)
  • Sole (Solea solea, Solea senegalensis, Pegusa lascaris, etc.)
  • Pink dentex (Dentex gibbosus)
  • Redbanded seabream (Pagrus auriga)
  • Amberjack (Seriola spp)
  • Comber (Serranus cabrilla)
  • Blacktail comber (Serranus atricauda)
  • European hake (Merluccius merluccius)
  • Grouper (Epinephelus spp)
  • Mooray eel (Muraena spp)



Main commercialized species are:

  • Common octopus (Octopus vulgaris)
  • European squid (Loligo vulgaris)
  • Common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis)
  • Limpets (Patella spp)
Deep sea crustaceans

Frequently captured with underwater creels, these species are fished as side catch to the targeted species.

  • Shrimps (Plesionika spp)
  • Toothed rock crab (Cancer bellianus)
  • King crab (Chaceon affinis)
  • Spider crab (Maja squinado)
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