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Response Statement - Quillback Rockfish

This species is part of an inshore rockfish complex, with 95% of commercial catch records occurring between 14 and 143m depth.  Maximum recorded age is 95 years, age at 50% maturity is 11 years and generation time is over 30 years.  No overall estimate of decline is possible, however all survey indices have declined, some by 50-75% since the mid-1980s.  Commercial catch per unit effort indices show inconsistent trends and are probably affected by changes in fishing practices.  Commercial and recreational fisheries are the principal threats, however, commercial fishing pressure has been reduced as a result of strengthened management regimes established in the mid-1990s, including introduction of closed areas and decrease in commercial harvest quotas. Management measures for recreational fisheries (bag limits) do not restrict catches and the impact of such catches on the species is less understood.


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