Resource Assessment

Underpinning all fisheries management is an assessment of the status of the target stock in relation to one or more benchmarks or biological reference points to support effective decision making. Methods used to estimate stock status vary considerably and depend on the quality and quantity of data available. Appropriate data collection and management through an effective survey design is therefore an important pre-requisite to resource assessment.

Where data is limited, risk assessment techniques can be used based on qualitative or semi-quantitative information leading to more sophisticated data-rich methods such as biomass dynamic, statistical catch at age models and acoustic echo-integration, for example.

MRAG can provide a wide range of services, providing expert advice and practical implementation of conducting stock assessments. Our core in-house team of experts provide a multi-disciplinary approach to provide a comprehensive and integrated resource assessment.

We have undertaken assessments on a diverse range of both marine and freshwater living resources including fish, crustacean and molluscan species. These include assessments of complex multi-species, multi-gear artisanal fisheries typically with over 10,000 small vessels and other highly mechanised industrial single-species fisheries where catches may exceed 750,000 tonnes.

Our broad level of experience in resource assessment and fisheries management also compliments our experience on bycatch assessments, biodiversity surveys and environmental impact assessments. Combined, these have strengthened our ability to provide specialist advice on ecosystem-based fisheries management.

Project Title Regionsort descending Start Date
Assessment of the Community financial contribution for the implementation of the control, inspection and surveillance systems applicable to the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) Europe 01/05/2003
Support to assessment of progress of halting biodiversity loss with respect to the marine environment for the EEA 2005 State of the Environment and Outlook Report (EEA) Europe 01/06/2004
Background Paper for Workshop on Resource Assessment in Data-Poor Fisheries Europe 23/03/2010
Scoping the potential benefits of undertaking an ecosystem assessment for England Europe 18/12/2007
The use of recovery plans to rebuild depleted fish stocks - a review Europe 18/03/2002
Studies in the Field of the CFP and Maritime Affairs No. FISH/2006/09. Lot 4: Impact assessment studies related to the CFP. Economic and social impacts of multi-annual management plans for North Sea plaice and Sole Europe 10/10/2009
Review of the origins and appropriateness of the current fish stock assessment and management areas for the waters around Ireland. Europe 01/04/2002
Studies in the Field of the CFP and Maritime Affairs No. FISH/2006/09. Lot 4: Impact assessment studies related to the CFP. Technical analysis (phase 1) of the Impact Assessment for the CFP 2012 reform Europe 12/10/2009
Studies in the Field of the CFP and Maritime Affairs No. FISH/2006/09. Lot 4: Impact assessment studies related to the CFP. Technical analysis (Phase 2) of the Impact Assessment for the CFP 2012 reform Europe 31/01/2010
Implementation of a Fisheries Management Plan for Lake Victoria Africa 01/07/2004

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