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Assessment of the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence (Divisions 4RST) Capelin Stock

Regional Peer Review – Quebec Region

April 20-21, 2022
Virtual meeting

Chairperson: Renald Belley


Capelin (Mallotus spp.) in the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence (NAFO Divisions 4RST) was last assessed in 2020 (DFO 2021). During the evaluation, it was noted that the fishery’s performance increased in 2018 and then decreased in 2019 and 2020. The relative abundance indices from the survey in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence were slightly above average for the years 2018 to 2020, while the abundance indices in the northern Gulf were at low levels and below the average for the past 3 ed at 9 295 t for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. The TAC is distributed as follows: 4ST (14%), 4R fixed (38%), 4R shorter than 19.81 m mobile (24%) and 4R longer than 19.81 m mobile (24%).

The current assessment is requested by Fisheries Management to inform the development of management measures for the 2022 and 2023 fishing seasons based on the best available science.


Data from the Commercial Fishery and Scientific Surveys:

New elements to assess stock status:

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