In the Pacific, the status of the western central North Pacific Ocean striped marlin stock was on the table at the 15th Regular Session of the WCPFC. According to the 2015 assessment, the WCNPO stock had experienced a long-term decline in population biomass and the stock is currently overfished and is also experiencing overfishing. Spawning stock biomass is estimated at 1,094 metric tons, or just 39 percent of the biomass necessary to achieve maximum sustainable yield. Fishing mortality on the stock also has been very high and the stock has been experiencing overfishing since 1977, with the exception of two years. The WCPFC Scientific Committee noted that in order for the stock to rebuild, the catch needed to be reduced to less than 2,850 mt.