2nd Advanced school on Multispecies modelling Approaches for ecosystem-based marine REsource
Management in the MEDiterranean Sea (AMARE-MED 2018)

30 July – 3 August 2018

International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS); Trieste, (Italy)

AMARE-MED 2018 is intended for scientists working in the field of fishery ecology in research institutes, NGOs and Universities, as well as for policy-makers and stakeholders (e.g. from regional fisheries management organizations and advisory councils) representing the fisheries sector or involved in fisheries management and stock assessment. The course is highly technical with practical hands-on computer activities, assignments and programming. Maximum number of participants: 30.

Candidates must apply through the online form and will be selected on the basis of expertise, interest for the subject and relevance for their work; will also be considered nationality for representing as many countries as possible and affiliation, to share at maximum the knowledge among institutions.

After selection applicants are required to pay the registration fee. The participation fee is 150 €. A reduced fee of 50 € is applied to applicants working in countries listed here. Cancellation Policy: registration fee is not refundable. 

In the framework of initiatives for increasing capacity building, the FAO - General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) is going to support the participation of 2-3 scientists from non-EU Mediterranean and Black Sea countries.

A. Punt

The 2nd edition of AMARE-MED will include in-depth applications of Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) using different approaches:

  • single species age-structured model
  • two species age-structured model with technical interaction
  • multispecies model with RPATH (Ecopath with Ecosim in R)

Topics covered for the methodologies will include data requirements, how to deal with data deficiencies, practical application and how these models can provide practical scientific advice to policy and management.

As the classes will be conducted in English, participants should have an adequate working knowledge of
that language as well deep interest and understanding of fishing and biological processes. Participants are
requested to carry their laptop. Skills required is also the experience in some modelling or use of
programming code in general, plus eventually some experience with particular programming language
according to the tool to be implemented (see “prerequisites” for further details).