FISH 613: Fisheries Resource Dynamics and Stock Assessment


Students will be introduced to topics such as collection of fisheries data for assessment: simple random sampling, stratified random sampling, sampling at landing ports; age-based stock assessment compared with length-based stock assessment; estimation of intermediate fishery parameters e.g. growth and mortality parameters, carrying capacity, recruitment and catchability. Indicators for measuring current status of fisheries: catch, effort and CPUE, stock size. Estimation of Maximum Sustainable Yield using suitable models. Estimation of potential yield and stock status using life history parameters. Types of overfishing. Stock assessment tools.