Comparison of the frequentist properties of Bayes and the maximum likelihood estimators in an age-structured fish stock assessment model

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A simulation study was carried out for a separable fish stock assessment model including commercial and survey catch-at-age and effort data. All catches are considered stochastic variables subject to sampling and process variations. The results showed that the Bayes estimator of spawning biomass is a useful but slightly biased estimator for which the frequentist variance can be estimated by the posterior variance. Comparisons further show that the Bayes estimator is better than the maximum likelihood in the sense that it is less biased and, surprisingly, has a much lesser variance. The catch simulations were based on the North Sea plaice ( Pleuronectes platessa ) stock and fishery data.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCanadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)136-143
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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