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The east Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna stock management: uncertainties and alternatives
Fromentin, J.-M. (2003). The east Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna stock management: uncertainties and alternatives, in: Ulltang, Ø. et al. Fish stock assessments and predictions: integrating relevant knowledge: SAP Symposium held in Bergen, Norway 4-6 December 2000. Scientia Marina (Barcelona), 67(Suppl. 1): pp. 51-62
In: Ulltang, Ø.; Blom, G. (2003). Fish stock assessments and predictions: integrating relevant knowledge: SAP Symposium held in Bergen, Norway 4-6 December 2000. Scientia Marina (Barcelona), 67(Suppl. 1). Institut de Ciències de Mar: Barcelona. 374 pp., more
In: Scientia Marina (Barcelona). Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. Institut de Ciènces del Mar: Barcelona. ISSN 0214-8358, more
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  • Fromentin, J.-M. (2003). The east Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna stock management: uncertainties and alternatives. Sci. Mar. (Barc.) 2003: 51-62, more

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Document type: Conference paper

Keywords
    Catchability; Fishing effort; Growth; Models; Simulation; Spatial variations; Stock assessment; Temporal variations; Variability; AE, East Atlantic [Marine Regions]; Mediterranean [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Fromentin, J.-M.

Abstract
    Although the Atlantic bluefin tuna has been studied for more than a century, the assessment of the East stock is characterised by a large amount of uncertainty. In 2000, this situation became so critical that quantitative stock assessment has been postponed. The first part of the present study aims to list the main difficulties that have led to the current situation and tries to discern between subjective and objective uncertainty. The former, which is due to an incomplete knowledge of the system and which has increased in the past few years, is mainly due to a decreasing quality of the catch and effort data, that has followed the establishment of a TAC. The latter source of uncertainty, which results from the underlying variability in stochastic processes, mainly relates, for this species, to spatial and temporal changes in stock size, growth and migration. The second part of this study presents the results of simulation modelling, which could be, in the meantime, an useful tool for short-term management of the East Atlantic and Mediterranean BFT stock.

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