Report of the Planning Group on Commercial Catches, Discards and Biological Sampling (PGCCDBS 2012)
The Planning Group on Commercial Catches, Discards and Biological Sampling [PGCCDBS] (Chairs: Mike Armstrong, UK, and Gráinne Ní Chonchúir, Ireland) met in Rome, Italy, 30th January–3rd February 2012, in parallel with the Mediterranean Planning Group for Methodological Development (PGMed).
The PGCCDBS was established in 2002 in response to the EC-ICES Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) requesting ICES to provide support for the EU Data Collection Framework (DCF). It implements the ICES Quality Assurance Framework to ensure that datasets and parameters supporting assessments and advice for the ICES area are based on i) statistically-sound sampling schemes; ii) correct and consistent inter-pretation of biological material such as otoliths and gonads; iii) technology that im-proves accuracy and cost-effectiveness of data collection; iv) comprehensive and easily sourced documentation, and v) efficient collaboration between PGCCDBS, ex-pert groups and other bodies in relation to data collection.
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