Science Advisory Report 2011/023
Subdivision 3Ps offshore Whelk: A preliminary assessment of male size at maturity
- Total landings for offshore 3Ps in 2010 were 5,030 t. More than half the landings (57%) were from the South grounds, with the North and West grounds contributing 27% and 16% respectively. The fishery on the West grounds is recent, beginning in 2007, and is much smaller in area than either the North or South grounds.
- CPUE indicates that fishery performance has gradually improved since 2007.
- There was no apparent relationship between size and maturity for females.
- Size at 50% maturity for males was 59 mm shell height; however, this is an imprecise estimate due to sampling limitations.
- It would be premature to consider the preliminary male size-at-maturity estimates from this assessment as representative of offshore Subdivision 3Ps.
This Science Advisory Report is from the Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat, Regional Advisory Meeting of February 28 – March 4 and March 7 – 11, 2011 on Snow Crab in NAFO Divisions 2HJ3KLNO, Subdivision 3Ps and Division 4R; Subdivision 3Ps Whelk and Sea Scallop. Additional publications from this process will be posted as they become available on the DFO Science Advisory Schedule.
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