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Science Response 2013/027

Development of reference points in the context of a precautionary approach (PA) for lobster of the Gaspé (LFAs 19, 20 and 21)


This document is a Science Response to a request from Fisheries Management at the DFO Area Office in Gaspé, Quebec regarding implementation of a precautionary approach (PA) for lobster in the Gaspé (LFAs 19, 20 and 21). More specifically, Management would like Science to determine the appropriate stock status indicators and reference points delineating the three stock status zones (healthy, cautious and critical) and contribute to the establishment of decision rules for the fishery, for each of the three zones. This Science Response results from the Science Special Response Process of November 21, 2013 on the “Development of reference points for the precautionary approach for lobsters in Gaspé, Quebec (LFA 19, 20 and 21)”.

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