This workshop aims to provide tools for institutes to evaluate strategies for the optimization of their biological sampling programmes by decreasing species oversampling and/or increasing undersampling species.
The group works on the development of methods to evaluate if the current sampling effort for biological parameters (and associated resources) can be optimized without compromising the quality of the final estimates. The variety of methods considered are mainly based on historical sampling data and on bootstrap procedures. WKBIOPTIM develops R-tools that facilitate the identification of alternative sampling strategies, evaluating their impact on biological estimators through appropriate quality indicators and testing the different tools on a variety of case studies. The group works on the development of a concise R-Package.
Such information can be used to define reference values for the primary and secondary sampling units (e.g. number of trips, number of length measurements, maturity, age and sex). These elements can be useful for the definition or revision of the data collection Work Plans, to fix oversampling or avoid inefficient sampling effort distribution that not provide significant additional information on the population itself.
If you wish to register for the workshop, contact Jette Fredslund at ICES Secretariat.