2019 Assessment of the Pollock Stock in the Aleutian Islands
The Aleutian Islands (AI) pollock stock assessment has changed to a biennial cycle with full assessments in even years timed with the Aleutian Islands bottom trawl survey, and partial assessments in odd years.
The Aleutian Islands (AI) pollock stock assessment has changed to a biennial cycle with full assessments in even years timed with the Aleutian Islands bottom trawl survey, and partial assessments in odd years. For AI pollock in partial assessment years, we present an executive summary to recommend harvest levels for the next two years.
A full stock assessment document with updated assessment and projection model results will be presented in next year’s SAFE report.
The AI pollock 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 Aleutian Islands walleye pollock stock assessment uses the Assessment Model for Alaska (here referred to as AMAK). AMAK is a variation of the “Stock Assessment Toolbox” model presented to the Plan Team in the 2002 Atka mackerel stock assessment (Lowe et al. 2002). The data sets used in this assessment include total catch biomass, fishery age compositions, AI bottom trawl survey abundance estimates, and AI bottom trawl survey age compositions. For a partial assessment year, we do not re-run the assessment model, but do update the projection model with new catch data. This incorporates the most current catch information without re-estimating model parameters and biological reference points. The stock remains at tier 3b.