Inside the 2015 Groundfish Operational Assessments

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Purpose
  • Provides information needed to set annual catch limits
What's in it?
  • Updated stock status through 2014
  • Updated fishing rates through 2014
  • Comparison with prior assessment
  • Estimates of future stock status under various fishing rates
Data Sources
  • Same as prior assessment, adding data collected since then
  • Exception: Exploration of new information on survival of some fish released by recreational fishermen
Models
  • Use current peer-reviewed model--few modifications allowed
  • Account for observed recent trends in fish growth and maturity
  • Look for inconsistent results in estimates of stock size or related variables