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Assessment for All (a4a): enhancing fisheries modelling

Assessment for All

The JRC is engaged in the Assessment for All (a4a) initiative aimed at providing a comprehensive and versatile tool to assess all fish stocks harvested in European waters under the remit of the Common Fisheries Policy. The a4a initiative aims to  develop a stock assessment method targeting stocks that have a reduced knowledge base on biology and a moderately long time series on exploitation and abundance, trigger the discussion about the problem of massive (dozens of stocks) stock assessment and promote capacity building for stock assessment. The a4a method facilitates the estimation of the current fish stocks and the prediction of their future status under alternative scenarios, which is essential for the sustainable and profitable management of fisheries.