Program(s) in charge: Stock Assessment Program
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- Theme 3. Sustainable fisheries
- Continue technical development of MSE for tropical tunas.
- Provide training and enhance dialogue / communication among scientists, industry, managers and other stakeholders regarding the MSE process for tropical tunas through the facilitation of a series of workshops.
- Elicit alternative candidate reference points, harvest control rules, performance metrics from stakeholders to be tested in addition to the interim ones.
- The Performance Review of the IATTC, the proposed Strategic Science Plan, and the SAC all recommended improving knowledge sharing, human-institutional capacity building and communication of scientific advice.
- MSE is a major objective at IATTC and other organizations. Part of the MSE process is highly technical and done by scientists. Another part (defining objectives, performance metrics, candidate management strategies), requires input and participation of managers and other stakeholders. These parts evolve in synergy.
- Stakeholder participation throughout the MSE process is central to its success and will be facilitated by understanding the MSE process, its components and by strengthening communication among scientists, managers and other stakeholders.
- Initial introductory workshops on MSE in 2015, 2018, restricted to Latin-American developing countries. Further MSE training workshops for the tuna Industry were held in 2019. Three IATTC MSE Workshop were held (2019, 2021, 2022).
- Relevance for management
- Key elements of IATTC’s current management strategy, such as its control rule and reference points, along with alternatives, are currently being evaluated via MSE.
- The technical support will allow for better model development and directly influence the relevance of the MSE results.
- Workshops will improve scientists, managers and other stakeholder communication and important input for the technical work.
- Results will facilitate adopting a permanent tropical tuna HCR as per Res. C-16-02.
- MSE Workplan for BET extended to 2024, however funds expire at the end of 2023
- Workplan and status
- Continue technical development of MSE and support of IATTC Staff.
- Development/tailoring of MSE Workshop materials and online resources to EPO tropical tuna fisheries including presentations and hands-on working sessions.
- Conduct annual Workshops with managers, industry and other stakeholders to improve understanding of the MSE process, elicit objectives, performance metrics, alternative control rules, and risk, as well as to show initial results/gather feedback
- External collaborators
- Work to be carried out by external contractor and IATTC staff.
- Reporting to SAC of MSE development, progress, and results. Series of Workshops, Workshop reports and associated training and online materials.