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Golden redfish - Sebastes marinus
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Sebastes marinus in ICES areas I and II

Recommended TAC 2014: zero
Recommended TAC 2013: zero
Landings in 2012: 5 500 tonnes

Based on the newly adopted analytical assessment for this stock, ICES classifies the arctic Sebastes marinus stock as low and declining. SSB has been decreasing since the mid-1990s and is currently at the lowest level in the time-series. Fishing mortality has been increasing since 2005 and is currently at the highest level in the time-series. Recruitment is very low.

Management advice

ICES advises on basis of the precautionary approach that there should be no fishing on this stock.

Key figures

Precautionary level of fishing mortality (F0.1) = 0,08
Fishing mortality in 2011: 0,33.
Expected SSB in 2013: <20 000 tonnes
Recommended TAC 2014: zero
Recommended TAC 2013: zero
Landings in 2012: 5 500 tonnes

IMR comment

IMR supports the advice from ICES. More than half the catch of Sebastes marinus is taken in a directed Norwegian gillnet and longline fishery in August and in the period 1th of October-19th of December. This directed fishery should be closed. In addition stronger limitations in the trawl fishery should be introduced.


Sebastes marinus in ICES areas  I and II. Historical landings 1908–2012.

Sebastes marinus

Golden redfish (Sebastes marinus) in ICES Subareas I and II. Past status (1990–2011) and projections (2012–2032) from the Gadget model. Projections are made assuming constant recruitment at the mean 2001–2011 level and constant catches at the 2011 level (5.8 kt). Stock numbers (in millions) and biomass (in thousand tonnes) for the total stock (3+) (upper panels), the fishable and mature stock (middle panels), and the immature stock (lower panels).