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BAYES-SA - Bayesian stock assessment methods in fisheries

Bayesian approaches to stock assessment provide a means for the analyst to combine information for the stock for which an assessment is needed, information based on expert opinion and inferences for other species in a probabilistic framework. It is even possible to consider uncertainty about which model of the population dynamics is correct. This manual provides an overview of the application of Bayesian methods through a series of worked examples in EXCEL, provided on the four accompanying diskettes. The examples are based on biomass dynamics and stock-recruitment models, and focus on the use of assessments that form the basis for evaluating the consequences of alternative management actions.

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