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Using Ecopath Modeling for Analysis and Management of Estuarine Food Webs

Source: http://www.ecopath.org (23 Aug. 2004)
This workshop will be based on the use of the ecological software suite Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) that is finding widespread use throughout the world for ecosystem-based management of fisheries. EwE has the following main components: Ecopath - a static, mass-balanced snapshot of the system; Ecosim - a time dynamic simulation module for policy exploration; Ecospace - a spatial and temporal dynamic module primarily designed for exploring impact and placement of protected areas; and Ecotrace - for tracking accumulation of persistent pollutants through the food web. EwE is being used to address ecological questions; evaluate ecosystem effects of fishing; explore management policy options; evaluate impact and placement of marine protected areas; assess bioaccumulation through the food web; and to evaluate the relative effect of fisheries and environmental changes to mention some key areas.

Manuscripts (available for download at the publication page of www.ecopath.org):
* Pauly, Christensen and Walters. Ecopath, Ecosim and Ecospace as tools for evaluating ecosystem impacts of fisheries
* Christensen and Walters. Ecopath with Ecosim: methods, capabilities and limitations
* Christensen, Walters and Pauly: Ecopath with Ecosim: A User's Guide
* Software: Ecopath with Ecosim (PCs only); available free-of-charge from www.ecopath.org. Can be mailed to participants on request (v.christensen@fisheries.ubc.ca); Bring notebook PC (Win 98/ME/NT/2000/XP) if possible, preferably with network or wireless cards.
* Participation is limited to 25 participants and course fee is $100.


Location:   NOAA Fisheries Laboratory, Building 216, Galveston, Texas, USA
Dates:   November 30 - December 3, 2004
Contact Information:   Mr. Steven Johnson, GBNEP
Phone: +1 281-316-3005
Email: sjohnsto@tceq.state.tx.us


Home Page URL:   http://www.ecopath.org

Keywords:   Estuary, Ecosystem, Modeling, Management, Fishery, Software


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