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Stock status update for Lobster Fishing Area 35

Regional Peer Review - Maritimes Region

August 28, 2023
Virtual Meeting

Chairperson: Rabindra Singh


Commercial lobster fishing in Lobster Fishing Area (LFA) 35 takes place in the Bay of Fundy. Landings in LFA 35 began a long-term increase in the mid-1990s and current landings are near record highs (DFO 2021). This increase in landings also occurred in most of the Gulf of Maine region, as well as many other LFAs in Atlantic Canada. The status of the lobster resource in LFA 35 to the end of the 2018-2019 seasons was assessed in October 2019 (DFO 2021). The 2019 assessment followed the methods outlined in the January 2019 Framework (Cook et al. In prep.) which recommended standardized Catch Per Unit Effort (CPUE) as the primary stock status indicator. Upper stock reference and limit reference points were derived for the primary indicator. Secondary indicators of landings, effort were also estimated. This regional science response process updates these indicators to the end of the 2022-2023 fishing season.


The objectives of this regional science response process are to update the primary and secondary stock status indicators where information is available. Stock status will be defined based on the estimate of CPUE relative to the Upper Stock Reference (USR) and Limit Reference Point (LRP).

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