Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) is a modelling tool to evaluate sufficiently realistic simulations of potential policy choices in complex systems. As a contribution to the Integrated Marine Biosphere Research (IMBeR) project IMBIZO V, scheduled for October 2017, a workshop will be convened with the goal of developing a coherent understanding of best practice approaches to MSEs. MSEs are becoming standard approaches to characterising risk across fisheries management organisations globally. The MSE workshop will consider case studies drawn from different fisheries, with associated cultural, societal, and management characteristics (including small and large-scale fisheries in the Asia Pacific region) to better define best-practice principles of MSE development, implementation, and communication. MSEs are important tools that aid in delineating objectives, costs, and constraints that define risk and provide a possible mechanism to meet assessment challenges. Entraining early career APN scientists in the details of MSE development and implementation and the associated professional networks will provide the necessary tools to fully participate in the decision-making process regarding marine resources. Networking and capacity building in MSE expertise in the APN region and synthesis papers describing the selected case study results represent long-term impacts from the workshop.