Stock assessment of summer flounder for 2012
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Stock assessment of summer flounder for 2012
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    "This assessment of the summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus) stock along the U.S. Atlantic coast (Maine to North Carolina) is an update through 2011 of commercial and recreational fishery catch data, research survey indices of abundance, and the analyses of those data. The summer flounder stock was not overfished and overfishing was not occurring in 2011 relative to the biological reference points established in the 2008 SAW 47 assessment. The fishing mortality rate (F) was estimated to be 0.241 in 2011, below the fishing mortality threshold reference point = Fishing mortality producing Maximum Sustainable Yield (FMSY) = F35% = 0.310. Spawning Stock Biomass (SSB) was estimated to be 57,020 metric tons (mt) = 125.708 million lbs in 2011, 5% below the biomass target reference point = Spawning Stock Biomass at Maximum Sustainable Yield (SSBMSY) = SSB35% = 60,074 mt = 132.440 million lbs. The NMFS determined in November 2011 that the summer flounder stock reached the biomass target (i.e., was rebuilt) in 2010, based on the 2011 assessment update"--Executive summary.
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