A transparent and efficient way to evaluate and apply management strategies for data-limited fisheries.
DLMtool is an open-source software program that enables users to identify and apply the best available fisheries management strategies through sophisticated computer simulations and currently available data, while prioritizing future data collection efforts.
See how DLMtool works through our interactive demo app. Create an operating model of a fishery, choose performance metrics, and select what data you have available. DLMtool will guide you to the best performing methods, produce management recommendations, and prioritize future data collection.
We know very little about the sustainable limits of most fisheries in the world, with an estimated 80% of global catch comprised of fish species that have not been assessed for population status and whether current catch levels are sustainable.
Including both output controls (e.g., total allowable catch) and input controls (e.g., spatial, effort, size)
Pre-tested code and parallel computing for speed and efficiency
Prioritizes data collection priorities to ensure the biggest bang for the buck
Free R software package enables users to share code for easy collaboration
Quickly add new management procedures, performance metrics, and fishery types to accommodate an ever-expanding universe of fishery management problems
Saves time developing new MSE frameworks
Provides clarity in decision-making and promote transparency, credibility, and increased buy-in from stakeholders