2015 Assessment of Pacific Ocean Perch in the Bering Sea and 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.
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 2014 assessment methodology but does include updated catch estimates for 2014-2016.