To reopen or not to reopen, that is the question! North Sea demersal stocks are evaluated each autumn to determine whether information from summer surveys changes the perception of recruitment strength compared to values used in short-term forecasts to provide advice in June. This is done based on the so-called reopening protocol.
This protocol was established by ICES Ad hoc Group on Criteria for Reopening Fisheries Advice (AGCREFA) in 2008. Since then, many benchmarks have been conducted and new assessment models have been introduced—considerably changing the assessment and advice landscape.
This workshop will revisit the AGCREFA reopening protocol and provide guidance on what additional information could be used in the forecasts when they are triggered by the reopening protocol. The workshop has four Terms of Reference (ToR):