WPSAR is a cooperative effort between the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, and Pacific Islands Regional Office to improve the quality, timeliness, objectivity, and integrity of stock assessments and other scientific information used in managing fishery resources in the Pacific Islands region.
Scientists from the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center conducted a stock assessment update for the main Hawaiian Islands Deep 7 bottomfish complex. This assessment followed methods used in the 2018 benchmark stock assessment and included additional years of data. The assessment used a surplus production model fit to bottomfish catch and effort data from commercial catch reports for the years 1949–2018 and a fishery-independent survey conducted in 2016–2019. The production model was used to estimate biomass and stock status through time and evaluate stock status against MSY-based reference points set in the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for Hawai‘i. The report provides projections to inform management's determination of acceptable biological catch and annual catch limits. NOAA Fisheries and the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council announced the review of the 2021 Stock Assessment Update for the Main Hawaiian Islands Deep 7 Bottomfish Complex in the Federal Register for December 16–17, 2020.
Virtual WPSAR Review