2016 Assessment of the Squid Stock Complex in the Gulf of Alaska
Squids in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) are managed as a single stock complex comprising approximately 15 species. Harvest recommendations are based on an historical catch approach setting OFL equal to maximum historical catch during 1997 - 2007 and ABC equal to 0.75 * OFL. Gulf of Alaska squids are on a biennial stock assessment schedule, with full assessments due in odd years.
Summary of Changes in Assessment Inputs
1)Total catch and retention rates have been updated through October 2016.
2)The Alaska Regional Office has revised some of the earlier catch estimates for GOA squids. As a result, the maximum historical catch value (from 2006; see Table 2) is slightly lower and the harvest recommendations have been changed accordingly.