Updates of stock assessment for Pacific saury in the North Pacific Ocean up to 2022

    This working paper presents the results of update of stock assessment for the North Pacific Ocean Pacific Saury stock using the Bayesian state-space production model. The assessment was conducted based on the model specification (2 base cases and 2 sensitivity cases) updated in the 9th Meeting of the Small Scientific Committee on Pacific saury. The model parameters were estimated based on Bayesian framework with a Markov chain Monte Carlo method. The assessment results were diagnosed with the Gelman and Rubin’s statistic, standardized residual plots, the shapes of posterior distributions for key parameters, and retrospective analysis. The main assessment results were concluded as follows: 
    The estimated median B2021 from the two base case scenarios was 266,250 (80%CI 124,400-426,500) and 622,750 (80%CI 165,500-1,173,000) metric tons, respectively. The median B2021/BMSY and F2021/FMSY over the two base case scenarios were 0.31 (80%CI 0.20-0.46) and 0.73 (80%CI 0.47-1.25), respectively. Over the two base case scenarios, large interannual variability was shown in biomass trajectory during the recent years. A decreasing biomass trend was found in 2019 and 2020, followed by an increase in 2021 and 2022. The probability of the population being in the yellow Kobe quadrant in 2021 was estimated to be greater than 79%. 

    Document Number
    NPFC-2022-SSC PS10-WP03
    Document Version
    Agenda Item
    Review of results and implications to management
    Libin Dai, Siquan Tian