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Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank

TRAC (Transboundary Resources Assessment Committee)

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Since 1998, the Transboundary Resources Assessment Committee (TRAC) has conducted and reviewed the stock assessments and projections necessary to support management activities for shared resources across the US/Canada boundary in the Gulf of Maine-Georges Bank region. It is the scientific arm of the US-Canada Transboundary Resources Steering Committee, a group that ensures discussion between the US and Canada on transboundary integrated ecosystem management issues associated with the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank marine environment. The TRAC assesses Eastern Georges Bank haddock, Eastern Georges Bank cod, and Georges Bank yellowtail flounder stocks and meets yearly to update and peer review the assessments.

The assessments developed by the TRAC are peer reviewed using an integrated process involving both TRAC assessment scientists and external experts. The resulting peer-reviewed assessments are used to advise the Transboundary Management Guidance Committee (TMGC) on the status of these resources, and any consequences of changes to the management policy. The TMGC, in turn, provides management recommendations to the US-Canada Transboundary Resources Steering Committee, which provides final recommendations that are then considered and implemented within each country's domestic fisheries management process.

Guidance Document

  • Guidance Document
  • 2019 TRAC Information

    July 9-11: TRAC Meeting
    Assessment and peer review
    Harry Hachey Conference Centre, St. Andrews Biological Station, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada

    2019 Meeting Materials

    Meeting Materials

    Assessments

    Other topics


    Previous TRAC Meetings

    2018 TRAC Documents and Meetings
    2015 TRAC Documents and Meetings

    2015 TRAC Status Reports

    2015 TRAC Reference Documents

    Eastern Georges Bank Cod, Eastern Georges Bank Haddock, Georges Bank Yellowtail Flounder TRAC Assessments

    July 7-9, 2015

    Harry Hachey Conference Center
    St. Andrews Biological Station
    St. Andrews, New Brunswick
    Contacts : U.S. TRAC Co-Chair: Liz Brooks (liz.brooks@noaa.gov); 508-495-2238; Canada TRAC Co-Chair: Kristian Curran (Kristian.Curran@dfo-mpo.gc.ca); 902-426-9920

    Industry Meeting Announcement

    The NEFSC US members of the Transboundary Resources Assessment Committee (TRAC) are hosting a pre-TRAC Groundfish Science/Industry Meeting at the New Bedford Public Library on July 1, 2015 from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Updated commercial and research survey data on Georges Bank Cod, Haddock and Yellowtail Flounder that will be applied in the upcoming TRAC benchmark assessments will be presented, and there will be a discussion of fishermen's observations over the past year.

    Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2015
    Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Location: New Bedford Public Library, 613 Pleasant St., New Bedford, MA
    Phone: 508-991-6275

    Pre-TRAC Presentations:

    2014 TRAC Documents and Meetings

    2014 Eastern Georges Bank Cod, Eastern Georges Bank Haddock, Georges Bank Yellowtail Flounder

    June 23-26, 2014
    Stephen Clark Conference Room
    NOAA/NEFSC Woods Hole Laboratory
    Woods Hole, MA

    INDUSTRY MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

    The NEFSC US members of the Transboundary Resources Assessment Committee (TRAC) are hosting a Science/Industry Meeting at the New Bedford Public Library, New Bedford Ma,. June 5, 2014 from 10:00 am - 12:00pm. Updated commercial and research survey data to be applied in the upcoming TRAC benchmark assessments will be presented and there will be discussion of fishermen's observations on the water through out the past year.

    Date: June 5, 2014
    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: New Bedford Public Library, 613 Pleasant St., New Bedford, MA
    Phone: 508-991-6275

    2014 Diagnostic and Empirical Approach Benchmark Review for Georges Bank Yellowtail Flounder

    April 14-18, 2014
    Stephen Clark Conference Room
    NOAA/NEFSC Woods Hole Laboratory
    Woods Hole., MA

    Working Papers

    Number Authors Title
    2014/5 Amy Y. Then1, Elizabeth N. Brooks2 Estimates of natural mortality for flatfish in the Northwest Atlantic: A comparison of model predicted estimates
    2014/06 Larry Alade1, Dave McElroy2 and Emilee Towle2 Re-evaluation of Georges Bank Yellowtail Flounder natural mortality based on life history approaches
    2014/17 Elizabeth N. Brooks1, Philip J. Politis2 Evaluating age and length composition data for inference about selectivity shape
    2014/18 Paul Rago, Susan Wigley and Chris Legault Implications of Retrospective Patterns for Bias in Discard Rates and Unobserved Landings
    2014/20 Greg DeCelles1, Katherine Thompson2, and Steve Cadrin1 Estimates of yellowtail flounder biomass on Georges Bank derived from a seasonal dredge survey
    2014/23 Michael Martin and Christopher M. Legault The August 2013 Flatfish Survey on Georges Bank
    2014/24 Steven X. Cadrin, Jessica Melgey and Kevin D.E. Stokesbury Abundance of Yellowtail Flounder in the Access Area of Closed Area II on Georges Bank in June 2008 from a Large-Scale Petersen Tagging Study
    2014/25 Paul Rago and Chris Legault Application of Some Index Methods to Georges Bank Yellowtail Flounder
    2014/26 Steven X. Cadrin The Effect of a Higher Natural Mortality on Overfishing Reference Points for Georges Bank Yellowtail Flounder
    2014/28 Christopher M. Legault1 and Steven X. Cadrin2 A Guided Tour through the Yellowtail Flounder Literature for the 2014 Georges Bank Yellowtail Flounder Diagnostic and Empirical Approach Benchmark
    2014/34 Michele L. Traver and Loretta O’Brien Comparison of distribution and prey of four flounders on Georges Bank
    2013 TRAC Documents and Meetings

    2013 Eastern Georges Bank Cod, Eastern Georges Bank Haddock, Georges Bank Yellowtail Flounder

    2012 TRAC Documents and Meetings

    2012 Eastern Georges Bank Cod, Eastern Georges Bank Haddock, Georges Bank Yellowtail Flounder

    2010 TRAC Documents and Meetings

    2010 Spiny dogfish

    • Terms of Reference (updated 1/19/10)
    • Data Meeting, NEFSC, Woods Hole, MA, March 30 - April 3 2009
    • Benchmark Model Review and Assessment, NEFSC, Woods Hole, MA, January 25-29, 2010
    • Agenda (updated 1/19/10)
    2009 TRAC Documents and Meetings

    2009 Atlantic mackerel

    • Terms of Reference (updated 9/22/09)
    • Agenda (updated 10/5/09)
    • Data Input Meeting, October 22-23, 2009 by videoconference at 3 locations:
    • Woods Hole, Massachusetts, (USA), Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the Maurice Lamontagne Institute , Mont-Joli, QC
    • Contact Loretta O'Brien for more information
    • Benchmark Model Review and Assessment, NEFSC, Woods Hole, MA, March 1-5, 2010 (updated 9/29/09)
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