Review of Sea Scallop Survey Methodologies and Their Integration
for Stock Assessment and Fishery Management
March 17-19, New Bedford, MA
Information will be posted as it becomes available
Meeting Details and Webinar Instructions
On April 20, 2012, the New England Fishery Management Council voted to task its Science and Statistical Committee (SSC) “to (1) review the sea scallop HabCam survey technology and methods to determine if the HabCam is appropriate at this time for performing annual sea scallop surveys; (2) review how HabCam results will be integrated into sea scallop assessments for determining biomass and fishing mortality, and determine the impacts of reduced survey coverage from current dredge and SMAST video surveys.” Further discussions broadened the scope of this task to examine all of the primary survey methods for assessing sea scallop abundance. Methods include scallop dredge surveys conducted from research vessels, scallop dredge surveys conducted on commercial vessels, the drop camera survey, and the HabCam system. The objectives of this broadened scope are to assess the strong and weak points of each sampling approach, and identify the complementary facets of each survey methodology and opportunities for each method as part of the scallop survey sampling program going forward.
The purpose of this meeting will be to provide an external peer review of survey methodologies currently being used which provide data for sea scallop stock assessments and related fishery management models.