Stock assessment of northern cod (NAFO divisions 2J3KL) in 2019.: Fs70-6/2019-050E-PDF

"A conservation limit reference point (LRP) for Northern (Div. 2J3KL, Fig. 1) cod (DFO 2010; DFO 2019) is defined as the average spawning stock biomass (SSB) during the 1980s. This reference point defines the boundary between the critical and cautious zones within the Precautionary Approach (PA) framework (DFO 2009) and defines the stock level below which serious harm is occurring. At these levels the stock is considered to have suffered serious harm and the ability to produce good recruitment is seriously impaired. Stock status from the last full assessment (DFO 2018) indicated that the SSB was at 37% (95% CI = 27 – 51%) of Blim and scientific advice stated that removals must be kept to the lowest possible level until the stock has cleared the critical zone. No specific timelines for rebuilding have been identified by management, although a rebuilding plan is currently being developed. The Northern cod stock has been subjected to ongoing stewardship and recreational fisheries in the inshore since 2006. In the 2018 stewardship fishery, each harvester was allowed weekly landing limits to an overall maximum harvest amount of 9,500 t. In the 2018 recreational fishery, a maximum catch of 15 fish per boat per day was permitted over a 39 day period. In 2017, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced that Northern cod would be assessed annually starting in 2018. A full stock assessment, in accordance with the Sustainable Fisheries Framework, was requested by Fisheries Management to provide the Minister with advice on the status of the stock covering the period April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2020. This Science Advisory Report (SAR) is from the March 26-28, 2019 Stock Assessment of Northern Cod (Divisions 2J3KL). Additional publications from this meeting will be posted on the Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Science Advisory Schedule as they become available"--Context (pages [1]-2).

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Publication information
Department/Agency Canada. Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat.
Title Stock assessment of northern cod (NAFO divisions 2J3KL) in 2019.
Variant title Newfoundland and Labrador Region : Stock Assessment of NAFO Divs. 2J3KL Cod
Series title Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat, science advisory report, 1919-5087 ; 2019/050
Publication type Series - View Master Record
Language [English]
Other language editions [French]
Format Electronic
Electronic document
Note(s) Issued also in French under title: Évaluation du stock de morue du nord (divisions 2J3KL de l’OPANO) en 2019.
"November 2019."
Includes bibliographical references (pages 16-17).
Publishing information St. John’s, NL : Center for Science Advice, Newfoundland and Labrador Region, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 2019.
Description 1 online resource (20 pages) : illustration, map, colour charts.
Catalogue number
  • Fs70-6/2019-050E-PDF
Subject terms Atlantic cod fisheries -- Newfoundland and Labrador.
Fish stock assessment -- Newfoundland and Labrador.
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