Report of the Study Group on Risk Assessment and Management Advice (SGRAMA)
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The ICES Study Group on Risk Assessment and Management Advice (SGRAMA) met in Copenhagen 18–21 April 2006. The Study Group started its work by reviewing different approaches to risk assessment and focused on differences in the structural approach (the risk assessment framework). The Study Group has also started the work of identifying components of an ICES risk assessment framework. The work is a part of the group’s terms of reference a) and b). Terms of reference c) and d) have not been considered. Most approaches to risk assessment describe risk identification and risk estimation as two major components of a risk assessment framework. The Study Group will continue the review of different approaches and also focus on the importance of communication with managers and stakeholders. Communication will be essential in establishing the context or settings within which a risk assessment is produced, and will essential in creating a common understanding (also for the results of an assessment). The Study Group needs more participants with backgrounds from ecology, fisheries system and ecosystem effects of fishing activities. Risk assessments are multi-disciplinary and have the potential of bringing elements of ecosystem approach into fisheries advice.
Contributors: Kjellrun Hiis Hauge, Knut Korsbrekke