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Science Response 2016/051

Update of the stock status indicators for the American lobster (Homarus americanus) stocks in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence


The most recent assessment for the American lobster stocks of the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence (sGSL) was completed in 2013 with information up to 2011 for landings and 2012 for some indicators (DFO 2013; Rondeau et al. 2015). An update of the stock status indicators was requested by DFO Gulf Region Fisheries and Aquaculture Management (FAM) in preparation for the December 2016 Lobster Advisory Committee meeting. This Science response was developed at a regional peer review meeting held on November 14, 2016 in Moncton, New Brunswick, with participants from DFO Gulf Region. Based on the updated indicators, the sGSL lobster stocks have been doing well since the last assessment, with landings at historically high levels. The next complete assessment for the stocks is scheduled for 2018.

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