Catch-MSY results based on the assumption of “medium” resilience suggest that Bluethroat Wrasse biomass is depleting (Figure 1). However, this apparent trend is likely to be driven fishery changes rather than abundance, including a known substantial decline in fish trap use after 2006/07 and the recent lack of restaurant demand for live fish during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Median estimates of biomass depletion peaked at 33% of unfished levels in 2008/09 (lower 90% CI = 25%) with depletion at 35% of unfished levels in 2019/20 (lower 90% CI = 15%) (Figure 1).
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