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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 occur every year, at every science center, on a different aspect of the science program each year. Results of our earlier program reviews can be accessed from the menu on the left of this page. The 2016 review is on our programs devoted to ecosystem sciences, and the 2017 review will focus on economics and social sciences.

To conduct the reviews, we select experts in the topic area who 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 Ecosystem and Climate Science Review (2016)

The 2016 program review will evaluate the NEFSC science programs that support our understanding of ecological, oceanographic, climate, and habitat-related processes as they are linked to living marine resources. The NEFSC 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.

Information and Details will posted as they become available.


June 6-10, 2016 Clark Conference Room, NEFSC Woods Hole Laboratory


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

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