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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
The JRC is organising a training course on modelling in support of quantitative fisheries science and advice.
JRC fisheries modelling experts will introduce about 20 students from all over Europe to the use of the open-source Fisheries Library in R (FLR), and the Assessment for All (a4a) modelling framework, a software tool developed under the lead of the JRC, in collaboration with other eminent international fisheries science institutions.
The course will be run over 5 days, and will cover the basics and design of the FLR system, before focusing on the use of a4a for fish stock assessment, forecasting, and simulation.
The recently reformed Common Fisheries Policy emphasises the need for the integration of scientific advice into EU fisheries management. Fisheries science is heavily dependent on modeling to produce reliable estimates of abundance and dynamics of commercially exploited fish stocks. This training course will help increase the available expertise that is needed to perform this task.
More information is available on the training course website.