In Area 17, the status quo is recommended for the 2009 TACs, which should help stabilize the commercial biomass.
In Area 16, since the catch rates and size are generally high, the TAC could be increased by 10% in 2009 compared to 2008 without negatively impacting the stock.
In Area 15, since the commercial biomass was still high and that only the western part of the area was exploited in 2008, it is recommended that the same TAC be maintained for 2009.
In Area 14, since the catch rates increased both in the fishery and in the postseason survey, a maximum TAC increase of 15% in 2009 compared to 2008 is recommended.
In Area 13, the available information does not provide for any change to the pre-established management plan for the 2009 fishing season.
In Area 12A, while awaiting a stronger recruitment, a 2009 TAC comparable to the 2008 TAC is recommended in order to avoid a drop in commercial biomass.
In Area 12B, in 2009, a slight TAC increase of around 10% from 2008 is recommended.
In Area 12C, since the abundance indices dropped in the postseason survey, the same TAC is recommended for 2009.
In Area 16A, a TAC increase of around 10% in 2009 compared to 2008 is recommended.
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