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.

Projects

Title Region Start Date
Field Study to assess some mitigation measures to reduce by-catch of marine turtles in surface long line fisheries (FISH/2005/28)

 

There have been wide-scale concerns regarding the numbers of turtles being…

Europe
Sea cucumber assessment - Seychelles

A stock assessment of the Seychelles sea cucumber fishery was first undertaken by MRAG…

Indian Ocean
Improving scientific advice for the conservation and management of oceanic sharks and rays

One of the objectives of the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is to restore and…

Global
Second Review of the ICCAT Atlantic-Wide Research Programme on bluefin tuna (ICCAT GBYP PHASE 6-2016)

The Atlantic-wide research programme for bluefin tuna was officially adopted by the…

Atlantic Ocean
Bigeye tuna species Stock Assessment in Mauritius EEZ (CU/PE1/MZ/10/007)

The main objective of this project was to contribute to the sustainable and equitable…

Indian Ocean
Analysis and advice on Ross Sea fisheries For Argos Georgia Ltd

MRAG provided scientific assistance to Argos Georgia Ltd to support their Ross Sea…

Antarctic Ocean
MRAG Project 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

The purpose of the project was to apply the methodology developed in Specific Contract…

Europe
MRAG Project 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

The objective of this study was to produce the STATUS QUO impact assessment of the…

Europe
MRAG Project 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

Council Regulation (EC) No 676/2007 established a multi-annual management plan (MAMP)…

Europe
MRAG Project Assessment of drivers of over fishing inside and outside Europe (EEA/IEA/09/007)

The EEA requested this study as part of their preparation of their periodic State of…

Global
MRAG Project Sea Cucumber Stock Assessment in the Seychelles

The objectives of this consultancy were to assess stock status for the main commercial…

Indian Ocean
Training in the implementation of ParFish methodology in Madagascar

The WWF Southern Toliara Marine Natural Resource Management project aims to achieve…

Africa
Towards a sustainable tuna fishery in the coastal states of the West Africa sub region

MRAG provided a Senior Tuna Management Specialist Adviser to BNF Liberia and MFMR…

Africa
West Africa Fisheries Programme – Liberia. Participatory Survey for Fisheries Resource Assessment

The objective of the assignment was to support the Bureau of National Fisheries in…

Africa
Background Paper for Workshop on Resource Assessment in Data-Poor Fisheries

MRAG was asked by the FAO to produce a background document for a workshop on practical…

Europe
Environmental Support for Exploration Operations for Offshore Falkland Islands

Contributed towards the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for an exploration…

Atlantic Ocean
MRAG Project 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)

The European Environment Agency (EEA) publishes a report every five years on the state…

Europe
MRAG Project Application and promotion of FMSP Participatory Fisheries Stock Assessment (ParFish)

This project tested, revised and widely promoted a methodology for participatory…

Africa
MRAG Project Sustainable fisheries: testing methods for improving livelihoods in coastal communities in northern Kenya

The overall goal of the project was to provide a sustainable management plan for one…

Africa
MRAG Project Oluvil Tuna Fisheries Port Project

Working in a team composing of an economist and a marine engineer, on an appraisal…

Asia
MRAG Project Iraq Marshlands Restoration Project

The USAID Iraq Marshlands Restoration Program (IMRP) supported the rehabilitation of…

Middle East
MRAG Project BIOT Inshore fisheries

The inshore fishery in the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT, Chagos Archipelago)…

Indian Ocean
Management of the British Indian Ocean Territory Fisheries Regime

A 200 nautical mile Fisheries Conservation and Management Zone (FCMZ) was declared…

Indian Ocean
MRAG Project Review of the origins and appropriateness of the current fish stock assessment and management areas for the waters around Ireland.

ICES Areas, Divisions and Sub-Divisions are of significance to the fishing industry,…

Europe
MRAG Project The use of recovery plans to rebuild depleted fish stocks - a review

This project arose from a Marine RTDI Desk Study DK/01/005. The aims of the project…

Europe