2019 Assessment of the Northern Rockfish Stock in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands

January 30, 2020

BSAI northern rockfish are not overfished or approaching an overfished condition.

BSAI northern rockfish are not overfished or approaching an overfished condition. The recommended 2020 ABC and OFL are 16,243 t and 19,751 t, which are 30% and 31% increases from the values specified last year for 2020 of 12,396 t and 15,180 t. The reason for the increase in the harvest level is updated data showing larger weight at age for the fishery than was used in previous assessments, and a change in the estimated survey selectivity curve that scaled the population higher than previous assessments.

Last updated by Alaska Fisheries Science Center on 01/30/2020

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