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Interim Report of the Working Group with the Aim to Develop Assessment Models and Establish Biological Reference Points for Sea Trout (Anadromous Salmo trutta) Populations (WGTRUTTA)

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posted on 2017-12-21, 00:00 authored by ICESICES

Sea trout are the anadromous migratory form of the brown trout (Salmo trutta) which go to sea to feed and mature as adults prior to returning to spawn, usually in their natal rivers. Extensive overviews of sea trout fisheries and biology have been prepared for ICES by the Study Group on Anadromous Trout (SGAT); (ICES, 1994) and the Work-shops on Sea Trout (WKTRUTTA, WKTRUTTA2); (ICES, 2013, 2016). This Working Group builds on the scene-setting work of WKTRUTTA and WKTRUTTA2.

Stock declines, for example in areas where marine mixed stock fisheries prevail (e.g. the Baltic) and where there is salmon farming, have raised concerns about our lack of knowledge of the complex and variable life cycle of this species. Sea trout have historically taken second place to Atlantic salmon in national fishery assessment programmes and management priorities. As a result relatively few sea trout stocks have been studied for sufficient time to allow the development of population models.


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