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Enhancing Fishery Stock Assessment Modeling Capacity in the Great Lakes

Quantitative fishery stock assessment is an essential part of fishery  management. Great Lakes Fishery Commission?s convention call for  ??programs designed to determine the need for measures to make  possible the maximum sustained productivity of any stock of fish??.   Assessments modeling is essential to this and forms the basis for many  specific policy evaluations. The sophistication of approaches has  continued to advance, increasing the needed level of expertise to  conduct assessments.  Needed expertise is in short supply world-wide  and in the Great Lakes. This project will promote the This project  will enhance interactions among assessment scientists working in  different Great Lakes jurisdictions, and hence will strengthen  partnerships among the agencies. The objectives for this project are:.  1.  Provide training to a cohort of Great Lakes fishery professionals  on likelihood theory and related estimation methods. 2. Provide  training/review to a cohort of Great Lakes fishery professionals  regarding modern statistical approaches to stock assessment. 3.  Provide hands-on training to a cohort of Great Lakes fishery  professionals in the use of AD Model Builder in a stock assessment  context. 4. Assist the cohort of professionals to complete assessment  tasks of interest to them and their agencies, and facilitate  communication among the cohort with a vision of promoting their long  term-interactions and mutual assistance. 5. Determine whether  participants view the individual components and total training program  to be effective and identify ways to improve similar future training  exercises. Our planned approach is as follows: A cohort of 8 to 12  fishery professionals will be recruited into the program. They will be  given access to online training in maximum likelihood methods, and  will attend two short courses in stock assessment methods. Following  the second short course, they will work on selected stock assessment  applications, and then come together as a group to discuss their  applications and jointly work to solve problems encountered. Feedback  will be obtained from participants on what aspects of the training  worked and what could be improved. 

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James BencePrincipal Investigator
Associated with 5 projects
Travis BrendenResearcher
Associated with 5 projects
Scope of Study
Scale of Phenomena
Natural Ecological Processes
Resource Management
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Erie
Lake Huron
Lake Michigan
Lake Ontario
Lake Superior
State Province
New York
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