The Workshop on Technical Development to Support Fisheries Data Collection II (WKSEATEC II) aims to promote technical solutions for the collection and quality assurance of fisheries data at sea and in ports.
Substantial resources are used in fisheries data collection, with much of the data screening occurring often weeks or months after sampling is complete. Electronic capture provides the opportunity to review data in real time while samples are still available. The WKSEATEC workshop series is looking at how best to use technology to maximize and standardize quality assurance at source, while sampling is still in progress.
A key concept for this second year is using technology to assist interfacing open source code through the development of a Common Fisheries Data Language (FDL) and Application Program Interfaces (API’s). Focus will also be on additional technologies such as digital callipers.
The workshop will take place 27-29 November at ICES Headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The Workshop on evaluating survey information Celtic Sea gadoids (WKESIG) will evaluate survey data going into the assessment of Celtic Sea gadoid stocks. This pre-benchmark workshop will address standardizing methods for constructing indices as well as the evaluation and inclusion of uncertainties.
Three of the largest stocks assessed by the Working Group for Celtic Seas Ecorerion (WGCSE) – cod, haddock, and whiting – form part of a significant mixed demersal fishery in the Celtic Sea. The assessments for these stocks rely heavily on survey indices and use at least one combined survey index in each. The current methodology for combining indices is not standard across species and has little scope for filling in missing data or correction for spatial or temporal trends. WKESIG will review more refined and unbiased methodologies such as that provided in the DATRAS R package.
The workshop takes place 9-11 October at the Marine Institute, Galway, Ireland.
If you are interested in participating in the workshops, please contact David Stokes.