Report of the Working Group on Commercial Catches (WGCATCH)
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AuthorsRodríguez-Gutiérrez, J. (José); Vigneau, J.; Helge-Volstad, J.; Christman, M.; Prista, N.; Aanes, S.; Ribeiro-Santos, A.; Salthaug, A.; Helmond, E.; Mugerza, E.; Beek, F.; Gitarakos, G.; Gerritsen, H.; Sics, I.; Ulleweit, J.; Elson, J.; Egekvist, J.; Wischnewski, J.; Ringdahl, K.; Birch-Håkansson, K.; Nedreass, K.; Clarke, L.; Vaughan, L.; Zarauz, L.; Adamowicz, M.; Storr-Paulsen, M.; Spegys, M.; Armstrong, M.; Börjesson, P.; Carlshamre, S.; Nimmegeers, S.; Vandemaele, S.; Grygiel, W.
The Working Group on Commercial Catches (WGCATCH), chaired by Mike Arm- strong (UK) and Hans Gerritsen (Ireland), met in ICES HQ, Copenhagen, Denmark, 10–14 November 2014. The meeting was attended by 34 experts from 21 laboratories or organizations, covering 16 countries. Currently, an important task for WGCATCH is to improve and review sampling sur- vey designs for commercial fisheries, particularly those for estimating quantities and size or age compositions of landings and discards and providing data quality indica- tors. However, the scope of WGCATCH is broader than this, covering many other aspects of collection and analysis of data on fishing activities and catches. This will be end-user driven, and coordinated with the work of other ICES data EGs such as the Working Group on Biological Parameters (WGBIOP), the Planning Group on Data Needs for Assessments and Advice (PGDATA) and the Working Group on Recrea- tional Fisheries Surveys ...
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