FIGURE 3 Estimates of fishing mortality from the CAGEAN model with varying selectivity-at-age (see Figure 2 for legend).

Estimated fishing mortality rates varied greatly among the models (Figure 4). In the last year of the series, each method produced almost the same estimate of fishing mortality, yet all are above the fisheries management target level for F of 0.24.

FIGURE 4 Summer flounder fishing mortality for ages 2-4 as estimated by NMFS and compared with three independently conducted model applications (see Figure 1 for legend).

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