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2013 Assessment of the Shortraker Rockfish Stock in the Gulf of Alaska

April 23, 2013

Rockfish are assessed on a biennial stock assessment schedule to coincide with the availability of new survey data. For Gulf of Alaska rockfish in alternate (odd) years we present a full stock assessment to recommend harvest levels for the next two years. However, due to the 2013 government shutdown, we present an executive summary with updated survey biomass estimates and recommended ABC. Please refer to the last full stock assessment report presented in 2011 for further information regarding the assessment calculations (Clausen and Echave 2011, available online at http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/refm/docs/2011/GOAshortraker.pdf). A full stock assessment document with updated assessment results will be presented in next year’s SAFE report.