A new OMP for West Coast rock lobster: preliminary results
OMP-2007 re-cast which has been used to set the TAC for the west coast rock lobster resource for the previous four years is now due to be updated. This OMP was based on recent trends in Trap, Hoop and FIMS indices, as well as somatic growth rate trends. It also included fitting a simple population model to these data and using output from that model as input into the OMP.
It is suggested that the new 2011 OMP be simplified and be empirically based only – i.e. the simple population model fitting part of the OMP would fall away. The aim is to achieve simplicity in the OMP approach to enable easier understanding of how it works. The suggested new approach is based on the approach currently used for South African Hake OMP.