Some rebuilding was apparent when the stock was last assessed in 2002.
Managers have set removals as close to zero as possible and instituted restrictive bycatch controls.
Stock as last assessed in 2002 was in poor shape with little recruitment, slow growth, and high natural mortality.
Stock has not had a more recent update in status and as such the full scope and success of the restrictions cannot be measured.
Last updated on 28 December 2018
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Stock has not been assessed since 2002, and there is not directed fishery in place. As such there is no information on stock status.
As there has not been an assessment of a survey of this resource, there is not scientific advice given recently. The last assessment was in 2002 and is now 12 years old.
Reverence points are in place for this stock, however without a directed fishery or updated assessment these reference points have little meaning.
The most recent assessment in 2002 categorized this stock as in poor shape, but showing some improvement. However the stock is in a low productivity regime, with high natural mortality, slow individual growth and very low recruitment (DFO, 2002).
Some indications of improvement in the status were available during the last assessment in 2002. More recent information is not available, and as such the status and trends of this stock are unknown.
Managers have closed the directed fishery since 1993 after collapse of the stock. While there is some landings as a result of bycatch, there are restrictive bycatch measures in place and overall this removal level is very low.
Managers have attempted to recover this stock by setting F as low as possible, mandating strict bycatch controls and other measures. However until this stock is improved or until there is a directed fishery a formal recovery plan with targets and goals can not be constructed.
Harvester have complied with the moratorium and bycatch is very low.