REPORT HIGHLIGHTS: (taken from a NOAA Press Release)
- Three fisheries stocks from the Northeast – Georges Bank haddock, Atlantic pollock and spiny dogfish – have now been rebuilt to healthy levels, bringing to 21 the number that have been rebuilt nationwide since 2000,
- Four stocks were removed from the low-population list, all from the Northeast: Gulf of Maine haddock, American plaice, Gulf of Maine cod and southern New England windowpane.
- Two stocks were removed from the list of stocks being fished at too high a level: Georges Bank yellowtail flounder and Southern Atlantic Coast black grouper.
- Gulf of Mexico black grouper was found to be free from overfishing, and had a population above the low-population level.
- Southern Atlantic Coast black grouper was found to have a population above the low-population level.
- Pacific bluefin tuna was found to be fished at too high a level, though its population was above the low-population level.
- Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank Atlantic wolffish was found to have a low population.
- Added to the list of stocks experiencing fishing at too high a level were Northwestern Atlantic witch flounder, Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank windowpane flounder, and Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic windowpane flounder.
- Added to the list of low-population stocks were Northwestern Atlantic Coast witch flounder, Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank windowpane flounder, Georges Bank winter flounder, Southern Atlantic Coast red grouper, California Central Valley Sacramento (fall) chinook salmon, and Bering Sea southern Tanner crab.