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Evaluation of the absolute levels of acoustic estimates of the 1983 year class of Norwegian spring-spawning herring

Ingolf Røttingen and Sigurd Tjelmeland

in ICES Journal of Marine Science

Published on behalf of ICES/CIEM

Volume 60, issue 3, pages 480-485
Published in print January 2003 | ISSN: 1054-3139
Published online January 2003 | e-ISSN: 1095-9289 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1054-3139(03)00029-8
Evaluation of the absolute levels of acoustic estimates of the 1983 year class of Norwegian spring-spawning herring

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The 1983 year class of Norwegian spring-spawning herring was large and, in retrospect, increased the spawning stock by more than two million tons when it recruited in 1987–1988. This paper summarizes and evaluates the acoustic estimates of the 1983 year class in the period 1983–2001. The key to the evaluation is a minimum stock based on the number of the 1983 year class caught in the international fishery and the year-class estimates made by the ICES Northern Pelagic and Blue Whiting Fisheries Working Group in 2002 using the SeaStar assessment model. The period of analysis covers a change in instrumentation, around 1990, from the SIMRAD EK400/Nord integrator to the EK500/BEI integrator system. The application of the acoustic estimates in the assessment and management of this herring stock is reviewed. It is concluded that the stock size was underestimated when the acoustic estimates were used in an absolute sense in the 1980s. In the 1990s the acoustic estimates were tuned to stock-size indices obtained from other methodologies and this approach seems to have given a realistic picture of the development of the 1983 year class.

Keywords: acoustic estimates; assessment; evaluation historic series; tuned estimates

Journal Article.  2951 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Environmental Science ; Marine and Estuarine Biology

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