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A survey of relative abundance, size and age structure of blue cod in Paterson Inlet of BCO 5 in 2010 found a mean catch rate of 4.8 kg.pot-1, CV 9.3% at 28 fixed sites. This was a 38% increase in the marine reserve since 2006 but a 21% decline in the outermost strata. 36 random sites had a mean catch rate 1.1 kg.pot-1, CV 21%. Mean lengths were higher at the fixed sites. Video transects at 22 sites were compared to pot catches and the relationship with benthic habitat structure examined.