Chair of the Working Group of International Pelagic Surveys (WGIPS) Ciaran O'Donnell, along with group members.
Photo: Cushla Dromgool Regan, Marine Institute, Ireland
'The standardization of survey and analysis methods is a vital component in providing statistically robust estimates of abundance to the stock assessment process. Estimates of abundance are inherently noisy, and by standardizing methods we're working towards reducing further potential sources of uncertainty.
By ensuring everyone uses the same methods for collecting the data means we have more confidence when these data area combined to produce what we term 'global' estimates of abundance. The standardization of survey methods, that's 29 individual survey carried coordinated by our group, is no easy task but we're making good progress.
This is an ongoing process for us and follows on from previous workshops and the publication of a WGIPS survey manual earlier this year. The group is in a transitional phase as we move towards a new data repository and a new abundance calculation tool.'