The course will provide an introduction to using ecosystem modelling for strategic evaluations as part of fishery management. It includes,
The course will be split about evenly between lectures and tutorials, with a focus on hands-on development of simple models from scratch. The intention is to give participants confidence in constructing and interpreting basic ecosystem models, as well as a basic knowledge of more advanced methodologies for modelling.
The course is intended for scientists with some prior experience with ecosystem modelling. The open source Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) software will be used extensively for the course, and participants are expected to have at least a basic familiarity with the approach. Some preparation is therefore expected prior to arrival, notably reading through the course material and exploration of the software.
Villy Christensen, Professor, Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia, Canada Steve Mackinson, Team Leader, Ecosystem Applications, CEFAS, UK