For 1998, the Scientific Council initiated a Special Session titled 'Variations in Maturation, Growth, Condition and Spawning Stock Biomass Production in Groundfish', as a Symposium of topical interest to NAFO. The Symposium was hosted by the NAFO Scientific Council in conjunction with the NAFO 20th Annual Meeting held at the Hotel Altis, Lisbon, Portugal. This volume of the Journal of Northwest Atlantic Fishery Science contains papers presented at the Symposium.
The Symposium was jointly convened by E. Aro, Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute, Helsinki, Finland; J. Burnett, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Massachusetts, USA; and J. Morgan, Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Center, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, with J. Morgan taking the lead role.
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