Science Response 2019/008

Update of the stock status indicators of the American lobster (Homarus americanus) stock of the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence to 2018

Context

The most recent assessment of the American lobster stock 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 indicators was published in 2016 based on data mostly up to 2015 (DFO 2016). An update of the stock status indicators using the most recent and available information was requested by DFO Gulf Region Fisheries and Aquaculture Management (FAM) in support of the December 2018 Lobster Advisory Committee meeting. This Science Response Report results from the Science Response Process of November 21, 2018 on the update of the stock status indicators of the American lobster (Homarus americanus) stock of the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence, to 2018, held in Moncton, New Brunswick. The sGSL lobster stock indicators are positive, with landings at historically high levels.

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