Workshop on Better Coordinated Stomach Sampling



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A workshop to improve coordinated regional stomach sampling.

​​Within the EU, stomach sampling currently operates on a variable basis of intensity  and t​​​he sampling and analyses of stomachs are not coordinated between countries. To realise the benefits of stomach sampling carried out by different institutes and to match the needs of the end-users of diet data, better coordination is urgently needed. 

Within EU MAP, there is a unique opportunity for the regular collection of diet data within fisheries research surveys. To ensure a homogeneous dataset with suitable spatio-temporal coverage and to make effective and efficient use of available resources, coordination of stomach sampling studies is essential. 

The main aims of WKBECOSS are to: 

  • Review sampling programmes at European institutions (surveys, sampling at ports etc..) in relation to fish stomach content analyses (SCA) and stable isotope analyses (SIA), and other methodologies.
  • Discuss, review, and update existing best practice guidelines for SCA programmes and how to manage the use of different data sources (surveys, sampling at ports etc..) to establish a better coordinated sampling.
  • Discuss the usefulness of SCA and SIA for ecosystem modelling and development of food web indicators.
  • Develop an action plan to improve coordinated regional stomach sampling

WKBECOSS will take place 3–6 September in Santander, Spain.
Please contact Alondra ​Rodriguez​ to register your interest in participating.

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