Landings were available for all relevant fleets (Table 126.96.36.199.1). New discard data were not available. Length compositions/mean lengths were available from 1976 to the present, based on data from the Norwegian longliners. Catch and effort data for Norwegian longliners were available, both from the overall fleet and for a set of four vessels, “the reference fleet”, with which there is a special agreement on reporting for scientific purposes. These series are for the years 2000–2006. For the period 1971–1994, a series of standardized cpue estimates were available derived from skippers’ logbooks (Figure 188.8.131.52.1).Comparison with previous assessment and advice
The information base is similar to previous assessments. The Advice is unchanged in magnitude of the recommended catch.