Octopus, Common (Tako) – Spain and Portugal, Pot and Trap-caught
Common Octopus are wide-ranging and have short lifespans. In Spain and Portugal, the abundance of the Common Octopus is uncertain, but likely stable.
In Spain and Portugal, Common Octopus are caught with pots and traps, and also with bottom trawls in mixed-species fisheries. The pot and trap fisheries catch low amounts of non-target species and are less destructive to bottom ocean habitats compared to bottom trawls.
While some management is in place in these fisheries, fishermen compliance with the established regulations is known to be poor and needs to be improved.