Good Practices in Stock Assessment Modeling

One ongoing Program at CAPAM is the Good Practices in Stock Assessment Modeling, which includes a number of Projects that address the theories, estimators, and assumptions used in contemporary stock assessment model development, e.g., selectivity, catchability, growth, natural mortality, spawning stock-recruitment relationship, covariates, spatial structure, data/likelihoods weighting, multispecies and ecosystem considerations, and diagnostics.

The World Conference on Stock Assessment Methods (WCSAM) held in Boston July 15-19, 2013, which was the biggest congregation of world renowned stock assessment experts in decades, identified the development of "Good Practices" guidelines as a major priority for fisheries assessment. They specifically identified the selectivity workshop organized by CAPAM as an example of the type of activities needed to for the background information to develop the guidelines.