Science Response 2017/012

Spawner abundance and biological characteristics of Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence in 2016

Context

The Striped Bass population of the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence has increased in abundance from less than 5,000 spawners in the late 1990s to as many as 301,000 spawners in 2015. Due to conservation concerns, the commercial fishery closed in 1996 and the recreational and aboriginal fisheries for Striped Bass were closed in 2000. A small number of food, social, and ceremonial (FSC) fisheries were reinstated in 2012 and allocations of Striped Bass to aboriginal groups have gradually increased since then. The recreational fishery reopened in 2013. With continued requests for additional access to southern Gulf Striped Bass, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Gulf Ecosystems and Fisheries Management branch requested an update on the size of the spawning stock and information on biological characteristics to 2016. This Science Response Report results from the Science Response Process of February 17, 2017 which provided updates of the biological characteristics and spawner abundance of Striped Bass in the Northwest Miramichi in 2016.

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