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Ecosystem Modelling for Fishery Management

Introduction to using ecosystem modelling for strategic evaluations as part of fishery management

26-30 August 2013
ICES, Copenhagen, Denmark
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The course will provide an introduction to using ecosystem modelling for strategic evaluations as part of fishery management. It includes, 

  •  a review of ecosystem model types
  • an overview of food web modelling and integration with fisheries economics
  • time-dynamic modelling with emphasis on time series fitting and environmental impacts
  • ecosystem carrying capacity, and trade-offs between fisheries
  • ecosystem-level management strategy evaluation
  • spatial modeling including habitat capacity modeling, fleet-effort dynamics, MPA evaluation, and spatial optimization (zoning)
  • and an introduction to using ecosystem modeling in regional management councils.

The course will be split about evenly between lectures and tutorials, with a focus on hands-on development of simple models from scratch. The intention is to give participants confidence in constructing and interpreting basic ecosystem models, as well as a basic knowledge of more advanced methodologies for modelling.


The course is intended for scientists with some prior experience with ecosystem modelling. The open source Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) software will be used extensively for the course, and participants are expected to have at least a basic familiarity with the approach. Some preparation is therefore expected prior to arrival, notably reading through the course material and exploration of the software.

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Villy Christensen, Professor, Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia, Canada

Steve Mackinson, Team Leader, Ecosystem Applications, CEFAS, UK

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