Report of the Benchmark and Data Compilation Workshop for Flatfish (WKFLAT 2009)
WKFLAT 2009 is the second benchmark workshop held under new ACOM proce‐dures for assessment review. The meeting was held at ICES HQ, Copenhagen, Den‐mark from 6–13 February 2009. The meeting was chaired by Tony Smith (Australia) and the ICES Coordinator was Jan Jaap Poos (Netherlands). Mauricio Ortiz (USA) and Jim Ianelli (USA) participated in the meeting as invited external experts. There were 16 participants in the meeting representing seven nations. The main objective for the meeting was to review data inputs and assessment methods for several flatfish stocks in the North Sea and English Channel (IV plaice, VIId sole, VIIe sole) and to update Stock Annexes for these stocks (the recipes for conducting assessments to be applied by working groups over the next three to five years). The meeting started with a data workshop, to which stakeholders were invited to bring new data for con‐sideration for use in assessments. Four stakeholders attended the meeting‐two from the Netherlands, one from the UK and one from Belgium. The meeting agreed on a set of priority issues for each stock (related to data quality, data analysis, and assess‐ment methods). A subgroup was set up for each stock to address stock‐specific issues, with a daily plenary to report on and review progress, and to discuss generic issues. The full report of the meeting includes a set of generic issues identified during the workshop and associated recommendations, followed by detailed stock‐specific re‐ports and recommendations. A key output of the Workshop was an updated Stock Annex for each stock.
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