100 years ago, Johan Hjort wrote his seminal book Fluctuations in the Great Fisheries of Northern Europe, which put forward new conceptual ideas about the formation of strong year classes based on age determination techniques from fish scales.
This symposium will address the level of knowledge about natural mortality, growth, and recruitment, but also encourage integrated studies including environmental drivers within an ecological framework.
In 1914, Hjort stated that "the object can never be fully attained; new questions will constantly arise, as the knowledge obtained creates the demand for new, and it will always be possible to increase and intensify our comprehension of the vital conditions affecting the organisms in question".
One question the symposium will particularly look at: have modern techniques (such as individual-based models and large-scale analytic tools) made reliable predictions possible?
Olav Sigurd Kjesbu (Norway)
C. Tara Marshall (Scotland)
Svein Sundby (Norway)
1 March 2014 Registration opens
1 June 2014 Abstract deadline
15 August 2014 Early registration fee deadline
1 August 2014 Acceptance of contribution notification