Catch-MSY results based on the assumption of “medium” resilience suggest that Purple 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 pandemic. Median estimates of biomass depletion peaked at 30% of unfished levels in 2012/13 (lower 90% CI = 20%) with depletion at 32% of unfished levels in the 2019/20 (lower 90% CI = 10%) (Figure 1).
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