Cod (Gadus morhua) in Division 6.a (West of Scotland)
Based on the most recent estimates of SSB (in 2009) ICES classifies the stock as suffering reduced reproductive capacity. Total mortality is high, but cannot be accurately partitioned into fishing mortality and natural mortality. The spawning-stock biomass has increased from an all time low in 2006, but remains well below Blim. Recruitment has been estimated to be low over the last decade. The 2005 year class is estimated to be the largest for that decade, but still below the long-term average.
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