PGCCDBS Guidelines for Otolith Exchanges
The objective of exchanges of calcified structures is to estimate precision and relative/absolute bias in the age estimations from age readers of the different age reading laboratories, to check that this is still within acceptable levels. The frequency of exchanges and workshops mainly depends on the quality of the age determination and will be revised by national age reading coordinators and by expert groups. Exchange programmes obtain more objective estimations of the precision and bias in age reading, since the readers use their own equipment and are not subject to a tight time schedule (criteria which may not be applicable in a workshop).
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