This week, André and Maia Sosa Kapur (graduate student) journeyed to Wellington, New Zealand to attend the CAPAM Workshop in Next Generation Stock Assessment Models. André delivered a keynote talk, and Maia’s coauthor presented an upcoming diagnostics project. Lively discussions about the goals, requirements and objectives for the future assessment model(s) build to manage fisheries were had. André cautioned against the development of an “uber” model controlled by only one or a few scientists, and the group as a whole agreed that modularity and speed are important considerations in the new development. Other highlights included the revelation of the SIMULATE() function within TMB. A special issue of Fisheries Research following the workshop is forthcoming in 2020.