Simulation tools for closed-loop simulation are provided for the 'MSEtool' operating model to inform data-rich fisheries. SAMtool provides an OM conditioning model, assessment models of varying complexity with standardized reporting, diagnostic tools for evaluating assessments within closed-loop simulation, and helper functions for building more complex operating models and model-based management procedures.

How to use SAMtool

The main features of SAMtool are the assessment models and the ability to make model-based management procedures by combining assessment models with harvest control rules. Such MPs can be used and tested in management strategy evaluation with MSEtool operating models. An overview of these features is available on the openMSE website.

The RCM (Rapid Conditioning Model) can be used to condition operating models from real data.

The following articles are available on the openMSE website:


Carruthers, T.R., Punt, A.E., Walters, C.J., MacCall, A., McAllister, M.K., Dick, E.J., Cope, J. 2014. Evaluating methods for setting catch limits in data-limited fisheries. Fisheries Research. 153: 48-68.

Carruthers, T.R., Kell, L.T., Butterworth, D.S., Maunder, M.N., Geromont, H.F., Walters, C., McAllister, M.K., Hillary, R., Levontin, P., Kitakado, T., Davies, C.R. Performance review of simple management procedures. ICES Journal of Marine Science. 73: 464-482.