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NOAA Fisheries Science Program Reviews

NOAA Fisheries has developed a standardized program peer review process to evaluate each aspect of its science enterprise across the nation. Reviews will occur every year, at every science center, on a different aspect of the science program each year. In 2013, the focus is on collection, management, and quality of data used for stock assessments. In 2014, the focus is on stock assessment methods and issues such as uncertainty in results, use by managers, and explicit consideration of environmental factors. In subsequent years it will be on other aspects of our science.

To conduct the reviews, we select experts in the topic area that are not associated with the science center being reviewed. Each Science Center dedicates several months to preparing background information and presentations for the week-long meeting. In addition to presentations, reviewers have time to discuss the state of the science with management and staff, to take public comments, and to prepare their individual review report and recommendations. The review panel summarizes their reports and recommendations. NOAA Fisheries will consider and respond to recommendations within approximately 60 days of receiving them. Reviews and NOAA responses will be available on science center and NMFS headquarters websites.

NEFSC Stock Assessment Data Collection Program Review (2013)

The 2013 reviews focus on data used for stock assessments. The peer review panel will learn how data used in stock assessments are collected and how well these data collection programs are meeting stock assessment needs. From that foundation, the panel will provide technical input on improving fisheries data.

Important Information

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August 5-8, 2013, Clark Room, Woods Hole Science Aquarium

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Invitation from Bill Karp, Science & Research Director, Northeast Fisheries Science Center

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