Science Advisory Report 2016/032

An Assessment of Sea Scallop on the St. Pierre Bank (Subdivision 3Ps)

Summary

  • Landings since 2012 have averaged 1,125 t shell stock (136 t meat weight).
  • Minimum dredgeable (Research Vessel) biomass (MDB) estimate has decreased from 7,500 t in 2010 to 5,912 t in 2015, mainly due to a reduction in the North bed where it decreased by 56% in 2015.
  • The abundance is currently dominated by a modal group of scallops (110 mm) in the South bed and North Bed.
  • The natural mortality index for Sea Scallop has increased from 0.09 in 2010 to 0.13 in 2015.
  • Recruitment prospects are unknown.

This Science Advisory Report is from the Regional Peer Review Meeting of February 22, 2016 on the Sea Scallop Assessment on St. Pierre Bank. Additional publications from this meeting will be posted on the Fisheries and Oceans Canada ( DFO) Science Advisory Schedule as they become available.

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