Working Group on Biological Parameters



WGBIOPWGBIOPTrueSally Songer, Maria Cristina Follesa, Annelie HilvarssonDSTSG11/29/2013 10:53:00 AMsally.songer@cefas.co.uk, follesac@unica.it, annelie.hilvarsson@slu.se723Working 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, 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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