Science Advisory Report  2008/010

Stock Assessment on Central Coast Pacific Herring

Summary

  • All Pacific herring spawning in Kitasu Bay (Statistical Area 6), those in Statistical Area 7, and most of Area 8 are assumed to be part of a single Central Coast stock that migrates inshore in the late fall and leaves, after spawning, in late March and early April.
  • The roe herring seine total allowable catch (TAC) in 2007 was 698 tonnes or 5% of the coastal total and the validated catch 398 tonnes. No gillnet fishery occurred in this area in 2007.
  • The forecast mature stock biomass for 2008 is 11,124 tonnes, which is below the fishing threshold (17,600 t), and will not support a commercial fishery in 2008.

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