Benchmark Workshop on North Sea Stocks



WKNSEA 2021WKNSEA 2021TrueMarie Storr-PaulsenFRSGmsp@aqua.dtu.dkBenchmark Workshop on North Sea Stocks

This benchmark workshop is organized to evaluate the current data and assessment methodology for one stock and to propose improvements outside of the annual assessment environment.
Online workshop 22–26 February 2021.
​​​The goal of a benchmark is consensus agreement on an assessment methodology that is 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 trends in an assessment or in a selected set of (survey) indicators, with or without forecasts. The result will be the 'best available' method that ICES advice will be based on. Typically, a stock will be benchmarked every 3–5 years to keep pace with changing situations.

WKNSEA 2021 deals with the following stocks:

  • Cod (Gadus morhua) in Subarea 4 and divisions 7.d and 20 (North Sea, eastern English Channel, Skagerrak);
  • Spurdog (Squalus acanthia) in subareas 1-10, 12 and 14 (the Northeast Atlantic and adjacent waters);
  • Sole (Solea solea) in Division 7.d (eastern English Channel);
  • Whiting (Merlangius merlangus) in Division 27.6.a (West of Scotland)

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.

If you are interested in taking part in the process, please contact Helle Gjeding 

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