Evaluación de polaca (Micromesistius australis) en el Atlántico Sudoccidental. Período 1987-2001
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Period 1987-2001. A diagnosis of the current state of Southern blue whiting (Micromesistius australis) stock in the Southwest Atlantic was carried out on the basis of catches corresponding to the period 1987-2001 as reported by the Argentine fleet and also by vessels operating around Malvinas Islands. Abundance and current fishing mortality rates were estimated, and the biomass evolution in the long term resulting from some possible exploitation strategies based on different management strategies were projected. A sequential population analysis calibrated under a conceptual adjustable framework with five independent abundance indices was carried out. The effects on the biomass estimates were analysed by adopting different selection patterns and calibration indices as well as taking into account the under-declaration and discard of catches. Results indicated that the declining trend of Southern Blue Whiting observed in previous studies has continued, but it has been less marked than in .....