Collaboration type:  Adoption of the BlueBRIDGE services

About RAM: The RAM Legacy Stock Assessment Database is a compilation of stock assessment results for commercially exploited marine populations from around the world. It is inspired by Dr. Ransom A. Myers' original stock-recruitment database, which is no longer being updated. The RAM Legacy Stock Assessment Database, as well as the current status of assessed marine species, is described here: Ricard, D., Minto, C., Jensen, O.P. and Baum, J.K. 2013. Evaluating the knowledge base and status of commercially exploited marine species with the RAM Legacy Stock Assessment Database. Fish and Fisheries 13 (4) 380-398. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-2979.2011.00435.x

Short description of the collaboration & main achievements in the period:  The GRSF VRE was conceived to specifically address the needs of the community around the global assessment of stocks and fisheries. With FAO, FORTH and ENG, this VRE now provides a unified overview of RAM, SFP, and FAO information related to stocks and fisheries.  The entire process, from requirements analysis through development and community review has completed and the BleuBRIDGE data service including the VRE and public catalogues are now under review for uptake through the FAO FIRMS partnership under a co-funding arrangement for which the documentation has been prepared by FAO.

Plans for the future: The upcoming meeting of the FIRMS partnership Steering Committee meeting early 2019 will decide on the adoption of the GRSF business plan and exploitation model. It will include a funding paragraph where private sector and public entities will share the responsibilities for the upkeep of technical and secretarial activity.