BOBLME Application of ECOPATH with ECOSIM workshop to BOBLME

08 September - 12 September, 2014 at Phuket, Thailand
The course is a five-day activity aimed at introducing the Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) modeling approach and software to scientists associated with the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME) project.
The Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME) Project is putting considerable effort into strengthening ecosystem-based management approaches (see, e.g.,, and as part of this, the development of tools to gain insights in ecosystem functioning and the impact of fishing on ecosystem structure.
BOBLME has to this aim collaborated with the University of British Colombia to develop a working model of the Bay of Bengal marine ecosystem using the Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) software ( This model will enable the exploration of fisheries management scenarios and their effects on different species groups, with emphasis on hilsa, Indian mackerel and sharks.
Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) is an ecological modelling approach and software suite for personal computers that has been built and extended on for almost thirty years. The development of this software is centred at the University of British Columbia’s Fishery Centre, while applications are widespread throughout the world. Further, the development is supported and coordinated through the international Ecopath Research and Development Consortium.
The objective of the present workshop is to engage experts from the Bay of Bengal region to verify, validate, and where necessary provide information to improve the model. A report on the model as well as the model is available through this website. The workshop will be led by Dr Villy Christensen, the core developer of Ecopath, and Dr Sylvie Guénette who has extensive experience with ecosystem modeling.
Participants are required to do the following before attending the course:

  • Villy Christensen, Univ. of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, Canada
  • Dr Sylvie Guénette, EcOceans, St Andrews NB, Canada



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