ICES is working to develop assessment methods for fish stocks in category 3–6, i.e. without analytical models. As part of this process, the Workshop on the Development of Quantitative Assessment Methodologies based on Life-history traits, exploitation characteristics, and other relevant parameters for category 3–6 stocks (WKLIFE VII) will meet in Lisbon, Portugal 2–6 October 2017.
WKLIFE V reviewed a technical report on data-limited methods by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and further investigated appropriate methods with respect to the ICES data-limited stock approach. An explanation of the ICES data-limited stock approach is described in Chapter 1 of the General context for ICES advice.