Topic outline

This course focuses on SDG Indicator 14.4.1 - Fish stocks sustainability: “Proportion of fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels”. It introduces basic fisheries concepts and definitions, illustrates some technical aspects of classical and data-limited stock assessment and provides detailed guidance on process and tools for the analysis and reporting of the Indicator.


The target audience of this course includes:

  • National fisheries administration officials
  • Policy-makers or advisors
  • Members of the fishing community/fishing organizations
  • Fisheries scientists, data analysts, and statisticians

  • The rationale of indicator 14.4.1 within the 2030 Agenda
  • Basic definitions and fundamental concepts related to fish stock assessment
  • Methods and data requirements of classical stock assessments
  • How to access the BlueBRIDGE Virtual Research Environment to run some of the main data-limited methods on the platform
  • The steps of the procedure for building and reporting Indicator 14.4.1

The course consists of 5 lessons, ranging from approximately 30 to 60 minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1  Introduction to SDG Indicator 14.4.1
  • Lesson 2  Concepts and process behind the estimations of SDG Indicator 14.4.1
  • Lesson 3  Estimation of SDG Indicator 14.4.1 from classical stock assessment outputs
  • Lesson 4  Estimation of SDG Indicator 14.4.1 from data-limited methods
  • Lesson 5  Guidelines for national reporting of SDG Indicator 14.4.1

The online version of this course runs on the latest versions of the major browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox.

The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

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