Science Advisory Report  2008/014

Stock Assessment Report on Strait of Georgia Pacific Herring

Summary

  • All herring spawning within the Strait of Georgia are assumed to belong to a single stock that migrates into the SG in the late fall and leaves, after spawning, in March. A few areas in the Strait also contain what appear to be resident or non-migratory herring throughout the summer. For stock assessment purposes these fish are considered as part of the Strait of Georgia herring stock.
  • The roe herring seine total allowable catch (TAC) in 2007 was 6,785 tonnes or 50% of the coastal total and the validated catch was 3,865 tonnes. The roe herring gillnet TAC in 2007 was 5,198 tonnes or 38% of the coastal total and the validated catch was 5,285 tonnes.
  • The forecast stock biomass for 2008 is 67,350 tonnes with a recommended harvest of 13,470 tonnes.

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