Fisheries science: Data to Decision
Release date: December 2021
An infographic depicting the Data to Decision process which includes data collection, stock assessment, science advice, and fisheries management decisions.
How fisheries science informs and contributes to sustainable fisheries management.
- Data can be fishery dependent (e.g. from industry fishing activities), or fishery independent (e.g. from targeted surveys).
- Output: Indicators of abundance, biological information, catch from multiple sources (commercial, recreational, Food, Social and Ceremonial)
- Data are analyzed using statistical methods and mathematical models to learn more about the fish stock.
- Output: Estimates of the reference points, stock status, evaluation of harvest control rules
- Science advice is peer-reviewed through DFO's Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat.
- Output: Science advice documents, projections of potential future stock status under different catch levels
- Science advice is considered along with other sources of information in fisheries management decisions.
- Output: Management measures such as harvest levels, Integrated Fisheries Management Plans, and Rebuilding Plans
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