The ICES Benchmark Protocol is a review process for evaluating the data and analyses that form the basis of ICES management advice for a stock. The review examines stock structure, fishery characteristics, biological and assessment data, stock assessment and projection methodology. The review is conducted outside of the ICES annual assessment and advice environment. It includes experts from outside of the ICES community and stakeholders to broaden the knowledge and enhance credibility. The goal of a benchmark is agreement on an assessment methodology that is to be applied in annual update assessments, for a fixed short term period. Introducing benchmarking of CCAMLR assessments would be expected to provide greater transparency, quality control and stability to the SC-CAMLR management advice and to improve communication between science, the industry, stakeholders and administrators.
Ms Doro Forck (CCAMLR Secretariat)