Iberian Symposium on Modeling and Assessment of Fishery Resources (SIMERPE; from "Simposio Ibérico de Modelado y Evaluación de Recursos Pesqueros")

19-22 October, Vigo, Spain

SIMERPE 2021 will be a face-to-face meeting in Vigo, Spain, combine with telematic attendance organized by Instituto Español de Oceanografía.

Modeling and Assessment of Fishery Resources

The concept of fishery resources assessment is handled in the scientific literature in two different ways: (1) as the process by which the dynamics of a exploited population is analyzed to determine its status or its exploitation, and (2) as the assessment of the consequences derived from the implementation of different management alternatives. This second definition is more complete since it includes the first one and links the assessment process and its social purpose, that is, the scientific advice for the sustainable management of the fishery resources. In SIMERPE we understand the assessment process as a activity fundamentally quantitative, where modeling and simulation are the fundamental elements in the construction of the scientific advice for sustainable management of fishery resources.

SIMERPE is organized as a forum of activities that allow a productive discussion on the present and future of the assessment of fishery resources. For this purpose, SIMERPE includes scientific communications, as well as several theme tables where the current challenges of the assessment will be addressed by leading researchers and the involved sectors such as managers, politicians, the fishing sector, NGOs, etc. These tables deal with topics such as the different ways of addressing the assessment in different areas or organisms, the future challenges (climate change, spatial methods, computing, ...), the quantitative implementation of ecosystemic, economic and social aspects, etc.

SIMERPE accepts proposals for communications, in Spanish, Portuguese or English, from original research papers and also from reviews and syntheses, on the following topics:

  • The role of biological processes (natural mortality, growth, reproduction, etc.) in the assessment.

  • The role of fishing activity (selectivity, catch sampling, discards) in the assessment. Impact of the discards survival rate, landing obligation, etc.

  • The stock-recruitment relationship.

  • The calibration (surveys, CPUEs, effort, etc.) of the assessment models.

  • Comparative studies: applying different methodologies in the same case; sensitivity analysis; simulation studies.

  • Assessment methods (data limited or data rich stocks, mixed fisheries, spatial fisheries, etc).

  • Reference points and indicators of correct environmental status.

  • Assessment of management strategies (catch control standards, technical measures, etc.)

  • Ecological considerations (climatic change, spatial, multispecies, etc). Impact of climate change on the distribution and vital strategies of species and its impact on the assessment.

  • Economic and social considerations.

Key Dates

  • Deadline abstracts submission: June 30, 2021 CLOSED

  • Notification abstract acceptance: July 15, 2021 CLOSED

  • Registration deadline: July 31, 2021 CLOSED

  • Upload your poster: September 18, 2021CLOSED

  • Upload your video: September 18, 2021CLOSED

  • Conference: October 19-22, 2021


The venue of the conference is SEDE AFUNDACIÓN VIGO (details in its website).

Vigo, known as the “Gateway to the Atlantic,” is the largest city in northwestern Spain with a population of about 300,000. It is located on a 20 mile long estuary and boasts beautiful beaches and outstanding water sports facilities. Getting to Vigo:

  • Flights from/to Peinador (Vigo): www.aena.es.

  • Vigo Railway stations: www.renfe.com.

  • From Peinador airport to the city centre: Once you’ve landed, you can take a taxi or bus to the city centre. Radio Taxi Vigo: + 34 986 252 700. Bus: Vitrasa - Line L9A.

  • Accommodation: Pazo Los Escudos Hotel (5*), Eurostars Mar de Vigo Hotel (4*), AC Palacio Universal Hotel (4*), Axis Vigo Hotel (4*), Inffinit Hotel (3*) and Tres Luces Hotel (3*) are recommended.

Scientific Programme


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Invited Speakers

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Virtual Symposium

Telematic oral presentations

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Poster contributions

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SIMERPE Special Issue

ICES Journal of Marine Science host SIMERPE special issue. The information is available on this link. We invited all the attendes to participate in this special issue (it is also open to attendees who did not present a contribution at the symposium).


The majority of the Organising Committee members belong to IMPRESS Project and Mervex group (websites below).

Scientific and Organising Committee

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COVID-19 measures

SIMERPE will be a face-to-face meeting in Vigo, Spain, combine with telematic attendance. The number of attendees to the event is limited. News related to changes derived from COVID-19 will be appear in the news at Welcome.

Call for abstracts

Abstract submission opens on March 1th, 2021. The deadline for abstract submission is June 30th, 2021. Two formats are possible: oral presentations and poster presentations.

Abstract submission guidelines

Abstracts should be submitted via the online abstract submission system in the below buttom. During submission, you will have to complete the following mandatory fields:

Review procedure

All abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Programme Committee. On July 15st, 2021 authors will be notified of abstract acceptance and if they have been assigned to oral or poster presentation.

After abstract acceptance

Please note that presenters of abstracts are not automatically registered for the conference and should register following the next section.


Please click on the following buttom to complete the register form. The number of attendees to the event is limited, therefore, if necessary, priority will be given to those attendes who contribute by presenting their work. Important: there are NO registration fees.

Your communication guide

Oral presentation guide

Poster presentation guide

Poster of presential attendants will be held at the poster board during all the symposium. Besides, posters of both presential and telematic attendants, will be upload to the website in a PDF format. Poster PDF must be send to mervex.group@gmail.com with subject Poster PDF before September 18th, 2021. Please place the title and authors at the top of your poster along with a photo of the presenting author to facilitate interaction with other attendees during the different symposium breaks.