Working Group on Biological Parameters



WGBIOPWGBIOPTrueKonstantina Ofridopoulou, Karen Bekaert, Valerio ViscontiDSTSG11/29/2013 10:53:00 AMofridopoulouk@inale.gr, karen.bekaert@ilvo.vlaanderen.be, valerio.visconti@cefas.gov.uk723Working Group on Biological Parameters

The Working Group on Biological Parameters (WGBIOP) is devoted to the provision of biological parameters at a national, regional, and stock level—serving as a bridge between data collectors and end-users.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​All stages of biological parameter provision are covered: methodological improvements, implementation, quality assurance, and statistical analysis. Biological parameters are among the main input data for most stock assessments and mixed fishery modelling. WGBIOP offers a bridge between the data collectors and end-users that has often been lacking.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The focus of the group is not only on technical aspects of data collection and quality assurance but also on accuracy in life-history parameter estimations to support stock assessment. WGBIOP reviews life-history parameters and monitors potential changes in biological processes, such as growth rate, the ​onset of maturity, and maturity and fecundity at size/age.

WGBIOP will be dedicated to handling of the increasing demands for new biological parameters and new number of species included in EC-ICES Memorandum of Understanding.​​

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