This document describes the 2021 stock assessment of red rock lobsters in CRA 7 and CRA 8. The model was fitted to CPUE, length frequency, sex ratio, and tag data. Two-regions were assumed (1 = CRA 7 and the four Southland CRA 8 statistical areas, 2 = the three Fiordland CRA 8 areas). In most years since 2010, recruitment in Fiordland was above average, and slightly below average in Southland. The spawning biomass increased above the soft limit in both regions from 2000 to present.
Report - Fisheries Assessment Report (FAR)