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2013 Gulf of Alaska Shallow Water Flatfish

April 23, 2013

Assessment for the shallow water flatfish complex has been moved to a biennial schedule to coincide with the expected receipt of new survey data. Usually, on alternate (even) years we will present an executive summary with last year’s key assessment parameters and projections for this year. However, due to the Federal government shutdown and furlough of federal employees from October 1-17, only an updated executive summary is presented here. A discussion at the September 2006 Groundfish Plan Team meetings concluded the following two important points for updating information in off-year assessments:
1) Anytime the assessment model is re-run and presented in the SAFE Report, a full assessment document must be produced.
2) The single-species projection model may be re-run using new catch data without re-running the assessment model.