The Working Group on Methods for
Estimating Discard Survival (WGMEDS) is a spin off from the Workshop
on Methods for Estimating Discard Survival
(WKMEDS) which was established in January 2014 in response to a request from
the European Commission to address the urgent need for guidance on methods, as
identified by STECF EWG 13-16 (STECF, 2013).
The primary aim of this working group
is to critically review current estimates of discard survival, conduct
meta-analyses with these data, and to improve the understanding of the
explanatory variables associated with discard mortality. It is anticipated that
this information will be disseminated to other interested groups so it can be
applied, including to stock assessment groups and researchers looking for
practical measures to improve the survival of discarded catches.