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The Status of California Scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata) off Southern California in 2004
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Assessment results indicated that scorpionfish biomass declined before 1980 and has since increased (healthy state) mainly due to changes in recruitment. The status was particularly sensitive to the inclusion/exclusion of an abundance (sanitation) index in the stock assessment. The results including this index were considered more likely, which estimated a larger biomass at the end of the time series. Details of the uncertainties in the assessment are outlined in the Stock Assessment Review (STAR) report.
The California scorpionfish stock assessment is available in PDF format online or a request can be made to receive a CD-ROM containing copies of (1) the stock assessment and (2) the STAR report by contacting Ms. Meisha Key at (831) 420-3973 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you need additional information, please contact Ms. Deb Wilson-Vandenberg, Nearshore Fishery Management Plan Implementation Coordinator, at (831) 649-2892 or email@example.com.