This webinar session looks at stock assessment and why it makes sense for Asian countries. It is intended to show the value of stock assessment and how it links into broader aspects of management decision making as well as policy/trade. The webinar will look at regional examples of how stock assessments have been done in data-poor situations in multi-species, multi-gear fisheries. It will also look at how countries have used assessments to develop policy and management decisions. There will also be a session on the interlinkages between stock assessment and trade, with some examples involving trade agreements, SDGs, IUU and WTO. Finally, there will be a discussion on priorities and needs for a regional programme for capacity building.