Redbanded rockfish (Sebastes babcocki) stock assessment for the Pacific coast of Canada in 2014: Fs70-5/2017-058E-PDF

“Redbanded Rockfish (Sebastes babcocki) is found along the entire outer coast of British Columbia. It is caught by both the trawl and the hook-and-line commercial fisheries. The stock of Redbanded Rockfish along the Pacific coast of Canada has never been assessed using a population model. We attempted to assess the status of the coastwide stock using an annual two-sex catch-at-age model, implemented in a Bayesian framework. The same modelling approach has been successfully used to assess stocks of other species of rockfish in Canadian Pacific waters. However, for Redbanded Rockfish the data proved insufficient to yield reliable results from the model, despite numerous attempts using different assumptions and exclusion of various components of the data. We are therefore unable to provide specific quantitative advice to fisheries management, such as decision tables involving evaluation of current and future stock status relevant to reference points. We document all available data, including information on the species' biology, catch, fisheries management and our calculations of indices of abundance for the eight fishery-independent surveys. Catches have remained steady over the past eight years. We also present results of linear regressions on the survey indices. None of the regressions show a significant increasing or decreasing trend"--Abstract, p. iv.

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Department/Agency Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
Title Redbanded rockfish (Sebastes babcocki) stock assessment for the Pacific coast of Canada in 2014
Series Title Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS), research document,
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Language [English]
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Note Cover title. “August 2017.”
Date 2017.
Number of Pages v, 182 p. :
Catalogue Number
  • Fs70-5/2017-058E-PDF
Subject Terms Salt water fish, Animal populations, Fishing area, Fisheries management