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Baltic Fisheries Assessment Working Group (WGBFAS)

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The main ToR of WGBFAS is to assess the status and produce a draft advice on fishing opportunities for 2022 for the following stocks:

· Sole in Division 3.a, SDs 20–24 (Skagerrak and Kattegat, western Baltic Sea; catch advice)

· Cod in Kattegat SD 21 (catch advice)

· Cod in SDs 22–24 (western Baltic; catch advice)

· Cod in SDs 24–32 (eastern Baltic; catch advice)

· Herring in SDs 25–27, 28.2, 29 and 32 (central Baltic Sea; catch advice)

· Herring in SD 28.1 (Gulf of Riga; catch advice)

· Herring in SDs 30-31 (Gulf of Bothnia; catch advice)

· Sprat in SDs 22–32 (Baltic Sea; catch advice)

· Plaice in SDs 21–23 (Kattegat, Belt Seas, and the Sound; catch advice)

· Plaice in SDs 24–32 (Baltic Sea, excluding the Sound and Belt Seas; catch advice)

· Flounder in SDs 22–23 (Belt Seas and the Sound; stock status advice)

· Flounder in SDs 24–25 (west of Bornholm and southwestern central Baltic; stock status advice)

· Flounder in SDs 26+28 (east of Gotland and Gulf of Gdansk; stock status advice)

· Flounder in SDs 27+29–32 (northern central and northern Baltic Sea; stock status advice)

The working group fulfilled the ToRs in assessing the stock status and produced a draft advice, including where relevant, forecasts for fishing opportunities, for all of the stocks with one exception. The assessment for the Cod in SDs 22–24 (western Baltic) was accepted by the group but not the forecast, due to inconsistencies between previously forecasted and subsequent observed stock development. The assessment of plaice in SDs 24-32 was conducted using the surplus production model SPiCT, according to the methods recommended by WKLIFE X, moving the stock from a data category 3 to a category 2. The assessment was externally reviewed after the WG. The assessment of flounder in SDs 27+29–32 used revised parameters for the length based indicators. This work was externally reviewed after the Working Group (WG). 

The WG was not requested to produce an advice for Dab, Turbot and Brill in SDs 22–32 (Baltic Sea). For these stocks, however, data were compiled and updated, and update assessments were conducted. In the introductory chapter of this report the WG, in agreement with the other ToRs, considers and comments on the ecosystem and fisheries overviews, reviews the progress on benchmark processes, identifies the data needed for next year’s data call with some suggestions for improvements in the data call, and summarizes general and stock-specific research needs. The introduction further summarizes the work of other WGs relevant to WGBFAS, and the assessment methods used. Finally, the introduction presents a brief overview of each stock and reviews the recently published work on ecosystem effects on fish populations in the Baltic Sea. WGBFAS also completed the productivity audit for most stocks, which aims to list the ways in which ecosystem trends and variability are accounted for in each stock assessment, forecast, and reference point or management plan evaluation. The analytical models used for the stock assessments were XSA, SAM and SS3. For most flatfish (data limited stocks), CPUE trends from bottom-trawl surveys were used in the assessment (except plaice in SDs 24–25 for which SPiCT was used).



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Contributors (Editors)

Mikaela Bergenius Nord, Kristiina Hommik

Contributors (Authors)

Casper Willestofte Berg,Jesper Boje,Elliot Brown,Sofia Carlshamre, Margit Eero,Annegret Finke,David Gilljam,Nicolas Goñi,Tomas Gröhsler,Julita Gutkowska,Stefanie Haase,Jan Horbowy,Olavi Kaljuste,Uwe Krumme Johan Lövgren,Zuzanna Mirny,Stefan Neuenfeldt, Maris Plikshs,Jukka Pönni,Tiit Raid,Jari Raitaniemi,Szymon Smolinski,Sven Stoetera,Marie Storr-Paulsen Didzis Ustups,Francesca Vitale,Tomas Zolubas



Recommended citation

ICES. 2022. Baltic Fisheries Assessment Working Group (WGBFAS). ICES Scientific Reports. 4:44. 659 pp.

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  • en

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