Status of the Pacific Mackerel resource during 1997 and management recommendations for the fishery

Yaremko, Marci and Barnes, J. Thomas and Jacobson, Larry D. (1998) Status of the Pacific Mackerel resource during 1997 and management recommendations for the fishery. La Jolla, CA, California Department of Fish and Game Marine Region, (Marine Region Adminstrative Report, 98-3)

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Abstract

Based on a California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) projected biomass estimate of 91,200 metric tons for July 1, 1997, the recommended commercial fishery quota for the 1997/98 fishing season is 22,000 metric tons. Age-specific abundance for 1996 was estimated using output from a stock assessment model called ADEPT and certain assumptions about growth and fishing mortality during the first half of 1997. In this year's assessment, abundance estimates made by ADEPT were expanded back in time to cover the 68-year period of 1929 through 1996. The commercial fishery quota recommendation is based upon the prescribed harvest formula for Pacific mackerel that is specified in the California Fish and Game Code. Several sources of information are available for the Pacific mackerel stock, all of which suggest a smaller biomass than was present in the 1980's. Landings from both California and Ensenada, Mexico have sharply decreased and catch rates from the southern California Commercial Passenger Fishing Vessel (CPFV) fleet have declined. Fishery-independent indices of abundance from aerial spotter observations and California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI) ichthyoplankton surveys show similar trends. The 1997 biomass estimate is higher than last year's estimate of 47,160 metric tons because data added to the model this year increased abundance for fish of 1994 and older year classes (age 2+). This year's results indicate there were more fish in the older year classes than estimated in previous assessments. (27pp.)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Status of the Pacific Mackerel resource during 1997 and management recommendations for the fishery
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Yaremko, Marci
Barnes, J. Thomas
Jacobson, Larry D.
Series Name: Marine Region Adminstrative Report
Number: 98-3
Date: 1998
Publisher: California Department of Fish and Game Marine Region
Place of Publication: La Jolla, CA
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pacific Mackerel; Scomber japonicus
Subjects: Management
Fisheries
Item ID: 395
Depositing User: Joan Parker
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2007 15:12
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 22:07
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/395

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