Report of the Study Group on Multispecies Assessments in the North Sea (SGMSNS)
The Study Group on Multispecies Assessment in the North Sea [SGMSNS] (Co-Chairs: M. Vinther, Denmark and J.K. Pinnegar, UK) met in Bergen, Norway from 25-29 August 2003 to:
a) evaluate the effect of applying single-species reference points in a multispecies framework, with particular reference to limit and precautionary reference points as presently proposed by ICES in the North Sea;
b) evaluate the single-species recovery plan for North Sea cod by taking into account biological interactions;
c) review the data sources collated by SGGROMAT for the construction, by quarter, of historical stock lengths and weights-at-age for North Sea MSVPA species;
d) review the developments in representing ecological linkages and management objectives within North Sea mass-balance tropho-dynamic models.
SGMSNS will report by 5 September 2003 for the attention of the Resource Management Committee and ACFM and ACE.
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