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Fisheries Stock Assessment Workshop

posted Jan 8, 2014, 4:39 PM by Erik Franklin

Last month, graduate student Zack Oyafuso attended the Introduction to Fisheries Stock Assessment workshop (December 9-13) at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Here is his account of the workshop.

The 5-day short course was led by Dr. Juan Valero from the Center for the Advancement of Population Assessment Methodology (CAPAM). The group was a hodgepodge of folks with a wide range of stock assessment experience, including graduate students like me, research technicians, professionals with diverse research topics, fishery scientists with years of experience, and resource managers.

It was a blast! I learned the basics of statistical modeling and the applications of modeling to fisheries science. The workshops consisted of lectures in the morning and hands-on computer labs in the afternoon, so it was a productive way of applying the topics in the lectures to actual data. Surplus production and yield-per-recruit models were the two types of analyses dominantly discussed, with Bayesian and Stock Synthesis models lightly covered. Overall, the course was a wonderful introduction to stock assessment and has encouraged me to study further into fisheries science. I would definitely recommend the course for anyone with an interest in fisheries stock assessment, even with little to no experience in statistical modeling or fishery science.

Check out http://www.capamresearch.org/ for more information about the workshop and CAPAM.

-Zack"

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