Validation of productivity analysis for data limited stocks

Kell LT, Taylor N, Palma C (2020) Validation of productivity analysis for data limited stocks. Collect Vol Sci Pap ICCAT 77:157–167

Regional Fisheries Management Organisations have the responsibility to manage not just the main commercial stocks but also by caught species that may be endangered, threatened or protected and the associated communities. Although ICCAT has over a hundred species in its database, only 15 stocks have been formally assessed. This is due either to lack of data, capacity or management recommendations. The lack of formal assessments may hamper progress towards Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management. We, therefore, evaluate estimates of and proxies for productivity for data-limited stocks. We do this by evaluating potential methods using data-rich stocks as a benchmark.