This benchmark workshop will evaluate the current data and assessment methodology for wild Atlantic salmon stocks and propose improvements outside the annual assessment environment.
The goal of a benchmark is 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.