SEAFDEC/MFRDMD in collaboration with the Secretariat conducted the Special Training/Workshop on Stock Assessment of Longtail Tuna and Kawakawa in the Southeast Asian Region at MFRDMD in Terengganu, Malaysia from 17 to 25 April 2016 with funding support from the Government of Sweden. The Special Training/workshop was attended by 20 national stock assessment scientists from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam as well as some scientists from MFRDMD, TD and Secretariat. With support from the Fisheries Research Agency of Japan, Dr. Tsutomo Nishida participated as key resource person on RFMOs’ tuna stock assessment, and as lecturer for the training course.
The Special Training/Workshop transferred specific knowledge to scientists who have experiences on Basic Stock Assessment and IT skills. The specific subjects focused on CPUE standardization and stock assessment analysis using ASPIC, Kobe plot (stock status trajectory) as a decision making tool for management and other relevant programs. In addition, the training also molded the participants to become trainers with the responsibility of conducting training on CPUE standardization and stock assessment analysis of neritic tunas at national levels upon completion of the training.
During the training, the participants practiced the specific software for stock assessment analysis, e.g. CPUE standardization by GLM, ASPIC and Kobe Plot using the sample data provided by country. In addition, the participants also shared experiences and views on the software particularly the menu driven software developed under a SEAFDEC license, for improvement and increasing the capability of data analysis on stock assessment by the Southeast Asian countries.