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Assessment of the squid stock complex in the Gulf of Alaska
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    Squids in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) are managed as a single stock complex comprising approximately 15 species. Historically squids were managed as part of the GOA “Other Species” complex, which included squids, octopuses, sharks, and sculpins. In 2011, the “Other Species” group was broken up into individual stock complexes and the squid complex received its own harvest specifications. Harvest recommendations are based on an historical catch approach setting OFL equal to maximum historical catch during 1997 – 2007. In June 2017 the North Pacific Fishery Management Council moved to reclassify squid as an “Ecosystem Component” complex, meaning that once the Fishery Management Plan has been amended to reflect this decision there will no longer be annual catch limits for squids (see https://www.npfmc.org/squid-reclassification/ for more information).

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