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Update of Stock Status Indicators for capelin in the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence (NAFO 4RST) in 2022

Regional Peer Review - Quebec Region

April 12, 2023
Mont-Joli, QC

Chairperson: Charley Cyr


The stock assessment of capelin (Mallotus spp.) in the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence (NAFO Divisions 4RST) is carried out every two years and the last assessment took place in April 2022. During this assessment, the available evidence (low approximations of fishing mortality and the composite index around the long-term average) indicated that any of the harvest levels attained over the last decade were unlikely to pose a risk to the 4RST capelin stock in 2022. However, the recommendation of a Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for the 2023 fishing season was not possible due to lack of information at the time of the assessment. The next full assessment is scheduled for winter 2024. The Fisheries and Aquaculture Management Branch has requested an update of stock indicators to determine whether any changes have occurred in the status of the resource that would require adjustments to the management plan based on the adopted conservation approach.


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