Benchmark workshop on North Atlantic salmon stocks



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​​​​​​​This benchmark workshop took place on 19-23 June 2023 and 23-27 October 2023 and evaluated the current data and assessment methodology for wild Atlantic salmon stocks and proposed improvements outside the annual assessment environment.

​​​​The goal of a benchmark was consensus agreement on an assessment methodology to be used in future update assessments.  This assessment methodology can be an analytical assessment, but can also be non-analytical—for instance, based on assessment trends or on a selected set of (survey) indicators, with or without forecasts.  The result of a benchmark will be the 'best available' method on which ICES will base advice.  Typically, a stock will be benchmarked every 3–5 years to keep pace with changing situations.

This benchmark workshop relates to the following stock groupings:
Atlantic salmon from North America
Atlantic salmon in Northeast Atlantic and Arctic Ocean
Atlantic salmon in Subarea 14 and NAFO division 1 (east and west of Greenland).

A benchmark meeting is open to experts and stakeholders, and is reviewed by external experts throughout the process.  A benchmark process takes about five to seven months of preparation and includes a data evaluation workshop and a final benchmark meeting.​​
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