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Addition of Multi-Species Capability, Sex Structure and Other Enhancements to the Length-Based, Age Structured Modeling Software MULTIFAN-CLSee earlier PFRP project, Pacific-Wide Analysis of Bigeye Tuna (Thunnus obesus) using a Length-Based, Age Structured Modeling Framework (MULTIFAN-CL)See also MULTIFAN-CL web site
Reports (PDF): FY
2006, FY 2005
The MULTIFAN-CL model and associated computer software have been developed by Dr. David Fournier of Otter Research Ltd. in association with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community Oceanic Fisheries Programme (OFP). The software is now routinely used by the OFP and its collaborators for tuna stock assessments that are reported each year to the Standing Committee on Tuna and Billfish (SCTB). The basis of the model and several applications to Pacific pelagic fisheries have previously been peer reviewed and reported in the scientific literature (Fournier et al. 1998 ; Hampton and Fournier 2001 ; Kleiber and Hampton et al. 2003 ; www.multifan-cl.org).
The MULTIFAN-CL software, documentation and related utilities have recently been provided free of charge to the scientific community via a new web site, www.multifan-cl.org. The development of the user's guide (Kleiber et al. 2003 ) and website was jointly funded by several agencies. The free availability of the software under license has considerably widened the use of MULTIFAN-CL. Already, the software has been downloaded by more than 50 researchers. It is expected that usage of the software will continue to grow as word of its availability spreads throughout the fisheries science community.
The SPC, in collaboration with various scientists involved in the SCTB, is committed to the ongoing development of the MULTIFAN-CL software for tuna and other species assessments in the western and central Pacific Ocean and elsewhere, and a work program for further software development during 2004 has been agreed by major collaborators. The funding sought through this proposal will contribute to the implementation of these software developments, resulting in its wider application and more appropriate and efficient use by scientists throughout the world.
The proposed software developments will also have direct application to stock assessments of interest to the Western Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Council, in particular assessments of tuna, swordfish, marlins, blue shark and Northwest Hawaiian lobsters.
Funding for this project to be awarded in mid 2004.
Secretariat of the Pacific Community
Noumea Cedex, NEW CALEDONIA
National Marine Fisheries Service
PIFSC - Honolulu Laboratory
2570 Dole Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822 USA
Phone (808) 983-5399
FAX (808) 983-2902
Pelagic Fisheries Research Program
University of Hawaii at Manoa
1000 Pope Road, MSB 312
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822 USA
Phone (808) 956-4109
FAX (808) 956-4104
This page updated August 22, 2006