Mackerel in the Northeast Atlantic (combined Southern, Western, and North Sea spawning components)
Based on the most recent estimate of SSB (in 2009), ICES classifies this stock as having full reproductive capacity. Based on the most recent estimates of fishing mortality (in 2008), ICES classifies the stock as being harvested at increased risk.
Fishing mortality in 2008 is estimated to be just above Fpa. SSB has increased by 47% since 2002 and is currently estimated to be above Bpa. The 2002 year class is the highest on record. Subsequent year classes are estimated to be about average. There is insufficient information to confirm the sizes of the 2007 and 2008 year-classes.
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