EU Science Hub

Training course: Quantitative Fisheries Science using FLR and a4a

Aug 25 2014
Aug 29 2014

The JRC is organising a fisheries modelling training course in support of the EU capacity building in fisheries science.


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. Therefore, it is important to increase the available expertise that is needed to perform this task.

To help build the capacity in this area of fisheries science, the JRC is organising a training course on modelling in support of quantitative fisheries science and advice in Ispra, from 25th to 29th of August 2014.

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 8 half-day sessions, 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.

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The deadline for registration is 11 July 2014.