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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. Results of the 2013 and 2014 reviews of our data collection and stock assessment enterprises can be accessed from the menu on the left of this page.  The 2015 review is on our science programs devoted to protected species, and the 2016 review will focus on ecosystems approaches to management, climate, and habitat.

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 Protected Species Science Review (2015)

The 2015 program review will evaluate the NEFSC science programs that support the agency's conservation and management of protected species under authority of the federal endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act. Scientists will present information on data, research programs, and responsiveness to management needs. From that foundation, the review panel will provide advice on future research direction to address management and conservation needs.

For more information, please contact Teri Frady, Chief of Research Communications, 508 495 2239.

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April 13-16, 2015, Clark Room, Woods Hole Science Aquarium

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