2013 Assessment of Pacific Ocean Perch in the Bering Sea and the Aleutian Islands
In 2005, BSAI rockfish were moved to a biennial assessment schedule to coincide with the frequency of trawl surveys in the Aleutian Islands (AI) and the eastern Bering Sea (EBS) slope. These surveys occur in even years and for these years a full assessment of Pacific ocean perch (POP) in the BSAI area is conducted. The 2012 full assessment can be found at http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/REFM/docs/2012/BSAIpop.pdf. In years without a scheduled Aleutian Islands survey, an “update” is produced by revising the recent catch data and re-running the projection model using the results from the previous full assessment as a starting point. Therefore, this update does not incorporate any changes to the 2012 assessment methodology or input data, but does include updated catch estimates for 2012-2014.