Science Advisory Report 2011/085
Assessment of inshore shrimp stocks along the coast of British Columbia, 2011
- The coast of British Columbia is divided up into 36 Shrimp Management Areas (SMA’s).
- Shrimp stock size is indexed through annual swept-area, fishery-independent surveys in selected SMA’s.
- In 2011, nine of the fourteen shrimp stocks assessed in this report were in the Healthy zone [i.e. above the Upper Stock Reference (USR)]: three stocks, SMA 14 and GSTE pink shrimp and SMA 18 sidestripe shrimp, were between the USR and Limit Reference Point (LRP) and in the Cautious zone; two stocks, SMA 18 and SMA 19 pink shrimp, were below the LRP and in the Critical zone. SMA 12IN shrimp stocks were not assessed in 2011.
- The current assessment concludes that shrimp stocks show high annual variation and that all shrimp stocks were relatively unchanged or decreased from 2010 levels except SMA FR sidestripe which was at a record high.
This Science Advisory Report is from the November 29, 2011 Meeting on the Status Update of British Columbia Geoduck Stocks, 2011; and Assessment of Inshore Shrimp Stocks along the Coast of British Columbia, 2011. Additional publications from this process will be posted as they become available on the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Science Advisory Schedule.
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