ICES training course "Introduction to stock assessment" will be taking place this coming June, assisted with the use of the BlueBRIDGE VREs.

Course dates: 6-9 June 2017
Location: ICES Secretariat, Copenhagen, Denmark

Registrations for this course are open. Click here to register

​​Please await confirmation of your place on the course before making travel arrangements​​​​​​​​​​​​​. 

This course provides instruction, demonstration, and exercises in population modelling as applied to fishery resources ​

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The general objective of the course is to train stock assessment scientists and advisors in basic population dynamics and stock assessment. The course not only presents the theoretical elements but also puts theory into practice through case studies and hands-on exercises.

Specific objectives are:
1) understanding the role of stock assessment in fishery science 
2) familiarity with conventional stock assessment models 
3) experience in basic model building and parameter estimation 

By the end of the course, the participants will:
• be aware of single species assessment methods as applied to North Atlantic fisheries
• understand the data-collection needs for different assessment methods
• be familiar with indicators and reference points, both biological and economic, as tools in fishery management
• develop knowledge of population and fishery processes by using simulation models to improve scientific advice for managers


The course provides a conceptual understanding, supported by quantitative applications that are designed to illustrate model properties. Advanced topics and programming skills will be introduced in preparation for more advanced ICES courses or to approach the same topics through self-learning.

For more information on this course, click here.