Stock Assessment of Silky Sharks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, Rice, J. and S. Harley, Oceanic Fisheries Programme, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC-OFP), Noumea, New Caledonia
This paper presents the first stock assessment of silky shark in the western and central Pacific Ocean. The assessment uses the stock assessment model and computer software known as Stock Synthesis (version 3.21B). The silky shark model is an age (36 years) structured, spatially aggregated (1 region) and two sex model. The catch, effort, and size composition of catch, are grouped into 4 fisheries, all of which cover the time period from 1995 through 2009.