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Research publication: Operational management procedures

Operational management procedures (OMPs) provide an alternative to the conventional stock assessment treadmill, where increasingly complex models are run each year.

These models may, on occasion, be modified significantly by scientists and produce estimates of stock status that, depending on circumstances, may influence the management action. In contrast, OMPs allow for simpler assessment/management models to be developed, simulation-tested and validated against more complex models used to describe alternative plausible states of nature.

A large variety of candidate management procedures may be tested, but once one is agreed upon by the stakeholders of the management system, standard practice is for it to be implemented for several years with periodic evaluations to see that it is working as intended. OMPs represent a powerful tool that is firmly rooted in the existing knowledge base, and recognises the uncertainties inherent in this knowledge base by developing management strategies that are robust to these uncertainties. They also allow a systematic analysis of the knowledge and control requirements of alternative management tools.

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