The NOAA Fisheries Toolbox is a collection of software programs which
can be used in fishery stock assessments.
Many of the models are used in peer-reviewed stock assessments in the
U.S. and globally.
Each program is a stand-alone Windows desktop application and
combines a sophisticated graphical interface with an independent
Having the calculation engine separate from
the user interface is useful in a number of ways. Model development is
enhanced by allowing the developer to use whatever tools or programming
languages best fit the problem. In addition, graphic interfaces can be
designed to have a consistent look and feel across the spectrum of Toolbox
programs while at the same time allowing enough flexibility to handle data
manipulation and display in the most efficient manner. For further details
and more in-depth technical information, go to our page describing the Toolbox Design.
Graphic Interface Features
enter and edit data, run the model, view and copy output data and
plots all within the same graphical data management environment. This
interface eliminates the need to hand-edit ASCII text files.
Large amounts of tabular data can be entered by copying from
spreadsheets and pasting into data grids in the graphic
Plots of model results are generated automatically. Plots can be
saved to your computer one at a time or entire groups of plots can be
exported as bitmap files in batch mode.
Data from model results can quickly be copied from the graphic
interface and pasted into other applications such as spreadsheets for
further analysis. Some models can export model results in a format
that can be read into the R
software environment without the need for further conversion.
The NOAA Fisheries Toolbox is directed by NOAA Fisheries' Office
of Science and Technology. A committee consisting of representatives
from each Science Center provides oversight. The Toolbox's principal
programmers are located at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center.
For related information please see the Office of Science and Technology's
description of NOAA Fisheries’ Stock