All stages of
biological parameter provision are covered: methodological improvements,
implementation, quality assurance, and statistical analysis. Biological
parameters are among the main input data for most stock assessments and mixed
fishery modelling. WGBIOP offers a bridge between the data collectors and end-users that has often been lacking.
focus of the group is not only on technical aspects of data collection and
quality assurance but also on accuracy in life-history parameter estimations to
support stock assessment. WGBIOP reviews life-history parameters and monitors
potential changes in biological processes, such as growth rate, the onset of
maturity, and maturity and fecundity at size/age.
WGBIOP will be
dedicated to handling of the increasing demands for new biological parameters
and new number of species included in EC-ICES Memorandum of Understanding.