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Title: Porcupine Bank Nephrops Grounds (FU16) 2016 UWTV Survey Report and catch options for 2017
Authors: Doyle, J.
Lordan, C.
Fitzgerald, R.
O'Brien, S.
Allsop, C.
Kelly, C.
McArdle, J.
Keywords: Nephrops norvegicus
Porcupine Bank
stock assessment
underwater television (UWTV)
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Marine Institute
Citation: Doyle, J., Lordan, C., Fitzgerald, R., O’ Brien, S., Allsop, C., Kelly, C., and McArdle, J. (2016). Porcupine Bank Nephrops Grounds (FU16) 2016 UWTV Survey Report and catch options for 2017. Marine Institute UWTV Survey report.
Series/Report no.: Marine Institute UWTV Survey report;2016
Abstract: This report provides the results of the fourth underwater television on the ‘Porcupine Bank Nephrops grounds’ ICES assessment area; Functional Unit 16. The survey was multi-disciplinary in nature collecting UWTV, CTD and other ecosystem data. In total 65 UWTV stations were successfully completed in a randomised 6 nautical mile isometric grid covering the full spatial extent of the stock. The mean burrow density observed in 2016, adjusted for edge effect, was 0.13 burrows/m². The final krigged abundance estimate was 958 million burrows with a relative standard error of 4% and an estimated stock area of 7,108km2. The 2016 abundance estimate was 32% higher than in 2014. There was no UWTV survey in 2015 due to vessel breakdown prior to survey. Using the 2016 estimate of abundance and updated stock data implies catch of 3,100 tonnes and landings of 3,100 tonnes in 2017 when MSY approach is applied (assuming that all catch is landed). The three species of sea-pen; Virgularia mirabilis, Funiculina quadrangularis and Pennatula phosphorea, were all observed during the survey. The deepwater sea-pen Kophobelemnon stelliferum was also observed and its presence/absence mapped from the available time-series. Trawl marks were also observed on 30% of the stations surveyed
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