New Guide Explains the Fisheries Stock Assessment Process

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February 2006

Front cover image of "A Guide to Fisheries Stock Assessment" publicationDo you wish you understood how fisheries scientists evaluate the status of fish stocks? NH Sea Grant and the Northeast Consortium have partnered to produce A Guide to Fisheries Stock Assessment: From Data to Recommendations. The guide was written by Andrew B. Cooper, a research assistant professor of natural resources at UNH.

Stock assessments lay at the heart of virtually all fisheries regulations, providing decision makers with the information necessary to make sound management choices. For many people affected by those choices, though, the stock assessment process is largely a mystery. A Guide to Fisheries Stock Assessment is designed to clarify the stock assessment process for fishermen, regulators, science journalists and others interested in the fishing industry.

Copies are available from NH Sea Grant for $5 each or as a 4.5MBpdf. (After you've spent some time with the guide, please come back and fill out our brief evaluation survey to let us know if you found it to be useful.) For more information or to place an order, please contact NH Sea Grant communications coordinator Steve Adams (603.749.1565;