2015 Assessment of the Northern Rockfish Stock in the Gulf of Alaska

February 21, 2015

Rockfish are assessed on a biennial stock assessment schedule to coincide with the availability of new survey data. For Gulf of Alaska rockfish in on-cycle (odd) years, we present a full stock assessment document with updated assessment and projection model results.

As in 2013, the general model structure for GOA northern rockfish is a separable age-structured model as used for Gulf of Alaska Pacific ocean perch, dusky rockfish, and rougheye/blackspotted rockfish. This consists of an assessment model, which uses survey and fishery data to generate a historical time series of population estimates, and a projection model, which uses results from the assessment model to predict future population estimates and recommended harvest levels. GOA rockfish are assessed on a biennial stock assessment schedule to coincide with new survey data. For Gulf of Alaska rockfish in alternate (even) years, we present only an executive summary to recommend harvest levels for the next (odd) year. For this on-cycle year, we update the 2013 assessment model with new data acquired since 2013 and present three new model improvements.

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