2019 Assessment of the Northern Rock Sole Stock in the Bering Sea Aleutian Islands
Northern rock sole (Lepidopsetta polyxystra) are assessed on a biennial stock assessment schedule as part of the National Marine Fisheries Service assessment prioritization plan implemented in 2017.
assessment prioritization plan implemented in 2017. For Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands partial assessments, an executive summary is presented to recommend harvest levels for the next two years. Please refer to the 2016 Assessment of the Northern Rock Sole Stock in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (PDF, 84 pages) for further information regarding the stock assessment model (Wilderbuer and Nichol, 2018). A full stock assessment document with updated assessment and projection model results is scheduled to be presented in next year’s SAFE report.
A statistical age-structured model is used as the primary assessment tool for the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands northern rock sole assessment, a Tier 1 stock. This assessment consists of a population 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 population model to predict future population estimates and recommended harvest levels. The data sets used in this assessment include total catch biomass, fishery age compositions, trawl survey abundance estimates and trawl survey age compositions. In a partial assessment year, the full assessment model is not rerun but instead a Tier 1 projection model with an assumed future catch is used to estimate the stock level in the next two years. This incorporates the most current catch information for ABC and OFL recommendations without re-estimating model parameters and biological reference points.
The Tier 1 projection operates within the full assessment model by projecting estimates of the female spawning biomass, age 6+ total biomass, ABC and OFL ahead two years. Since the full assessment model is not rerun in this assessment, the projected values from the 2018 assessment are used to provide ABC and OFL.