Benchmark Workshop on West of Scotland Stocks



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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.

WKWEST 2021 deals with the following stocks:

  • Sardine (Sardina pilchardus) in Subarea 7 (southern Celtic Seas, and the English Channel);
  • Pollack (Pollachius pollachius) in subareas 6-7 (Celtic Seas and the English Channel);
  • Red gurnard (Chelidonichthys cuculus) in subareas 3–8 (Northeast Atlantic);
  • Plaice (Pleuronectes platessa) in divisions 7.h–k (Celtic Sea South, southwest of Ireland);
  • Sole (Solea solea) in divisions 8.c and 9.a (Cantabrian Sea and Atlantic Iberian waters).

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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