Design and Analysis of Statistically Sound Catch Sampling Programmes

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General information

Design and Analysis of Statistically Sound Catch Sampling Programmes is an applied statistical methods course, concerned almost exclusively with the design of commercial fishery data collection based on statistical sampling schemes. The course examines problems of applying sampling methods, particularly the principles of sample selection and basic estimation, using case studies to demonstrate practical application. The course is at a moderately advanced statistical level, and while it will not develop the mathematical aspects of sampling theory, it will include statistical notation and give outlines of algebraic proofs.

Course basis

• A measure of data quality is becoming increasingly important in stock assessments 
• The EU multi-annual data collection programme (DC-MAP) is likely to have strong requirement for countries to demonstrate that their fishery sampling schemes conform to best-practice in statistically-sound design and analysis
• ICES Quality Assurance Framework workshops dealing with fishery sampling show that many national sampling schemes are still ad-hoc and therefore subject to bias
• ​There is a need to strengthen the statistical expertise in design and analysis of catch sampling programmes in many national institutes

Contact Person: Anna Davies (ICES Training Coordinator) (


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Venue: International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
Copenhagen, Denmark

ICES Secretariat
H. C. Andersens Boulevard 44-46
DK 1553 Copenhagen V, Denmark
Tel: +45 3338 6700 · Fax: +45 3393 4215 ·


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750€ for ICES member country affiliated participants

1.250€ for non-member country affiliated participants

Application Procedure:

Please use the on-line registration. You will receive a message acknowledging receipt of your application within one week.

Application deadline: 18th May 2014


Academic level: Lifelong Learning
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