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A Bayesian length-based stock assessment model was applied to PAU 4 to estimate stock status and yield. A reference period from 1991–93 was chosen by inspecting the biomass and exploitation rate trajectories from the MPD. This was a period after which exploitation rates increased and then leveled off, and after which biomass declined somewhat and then stabilised. It is not intended as a target.

Assessment results suggest that current recruited biomass is 1450 t (5% to 95% range 770 to 2330 t), and that the current exploitation rate is 19% (12% to 33%). Current recruitment biomass is estimated to be just above BAV, but with high uncertainty (83% to 125%). Current spawning biomass appears higher than SAV, (130%), but this conclusion may be sensitive to maturity ogives.

Projections suggest stable recruited biomass, with a median of 20% increase (1.5% to 38%) and a more uncertain spawning biomass (median 4% decrease, 90% range of 18% decrease to 16% increase). The 2007 recruited biomass could be above BAV (median 26% increase), but is uncertain (12% decrease to 40% increase). The 2007 spawning biomass is similar.

These results suggest that the current catch level is sustainable, but with considerable uncertainty. Major uncertainties not reflected in the model’s uncertainty estimates are described above and require this assessment to be treated with great caution.

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Sunday, 31 May 2009
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Species: PAU;
Stock: PAU4;

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