The SSC received a presentation on the halibut operating model and additional analytical considerations to be employed in the initial review analysis of the BSAI halibut abundance-based management (ABM) of PSC limits. The SSC provided the Workgroup some suggestions and guidance on additional sensitivity analyses to be considered as well as some feedback on considerations in developing policy-level alternatives for demonstrating contrast in the forthcoming analysis. Staff affirmed they will address the SSC suggestions including specifically a sensitivity analysis on the use of age-dependent versus age-independent natural mortality in model runs as well as additional contrast in policy-level alternatives. SSC recommendations are contained in their minutes and available on the Council’s website. Staff will provide a confirmation that the analysis is proceeding as anticipated in June. This analysis is scheduled for initial review in October 2019.
Staff contact is Diana Stram.