Applying Ecological Models to Manage and Conserve Fisheries Resources
School for Aquatic and Fisheries Science, University of Washington
This course offers an in depth description of computer models and mathematical models commonly used in fisheries and conservation research and management, and that form the basis of fisheries stock assessments. Models will include age-structured modeling, area-based models, and surplus production models. A key component is teaching participants how to estimate parameters of interest to management by fitting models to data using sum of squares, likelihood based methods, and Bayesian methods. This objective is met by participants solving real-life problems using computer models in a mixture of lectures and computer labs. The first four days will be Excel-based and aimed at intermediate students. The last three days will be based on programming in the statistical programming language R, providing advanced techniques for spatial modeling and MPAs; simulation and estimation, catch status plots; Bayesian I and Bayesian II.