Groundfish STAR Panel for Data-Moderate Assessments

The SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division hosted a Pacific Coast Groundfish Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panel for data-moderate assessments, April 22-26, 2013.

The Panel considered eleven models (eight species, some with regional breaks) for rockfish and flatfish along the Pacific Coast, using two different modeling approaches: Extended Depletion-Based Stock Reduction Analysis, XDB-SRA, developed by E.J. Dick and Alec MacCall (SWFSC), and Extended Simple Stock Synthesis, exSSS, developed by Jason Cope and Chantel Wetzel (NWFSC).

The Panel recommended approval of the majority of the proposed assessments under one or the other of the modeling frameworks to the Scientific and Statistical Committee of the Pacific Fishery Management Council for full consideration. This represents a major step forward in the development of methods for assessing stock status of West Coast groundfish using these novel methods.

Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Groundfish Analysis Team

(April 30, 2013)