Science Quality Assurance
NOAA Fisheries Science Center Accreditation and Certification:
The objective is the development of nationally accepted standards for
the NOAA Fisheries Science Center Accreditation and Certification program.
This accreditation program, using an independent panel of experts, will
formally set benchmarks for the quality and integrity of fisheries science
data that the agency must meet.
Center of Independent Reviewers:
The Center of Independent Reviewers will establish a pool of experts
from outside of NOAA Fisheries which the agency can call on to review
the stock assessments, new management methods, scientific programs, grant
proposals and to participate in the design of those enterprises.
Methodological Peer Reviews:
The objective of these peer reviews is to produce reliable information
critical to the development of regional fishery management plans and subsequent
amendments, and ultimately, to the building and maintenance of sustainable
fisheries. Generally, these reviews are collated by collecting officials
and comments are provided or summarized for public record. Many reviews
are conducted in conjunction with the Fishery Management Councils or other
cooperating agencies, ensuring a balanced perspective for the incorporation
of review results that form the basis for management decisions. NOAA Fisheries
uses the best available scientific knowledge in establishing population
dynamic factors such as recruitment and reproduction that are fundamental
for determining the total allowable catch of a particular species.
National Peer Reviews:
These reviews, mandated by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Management and
Conservation Act, range from developing recommendations to expand the
application of ecosystem principles in fishery conservation and management
to evaluating the research and management of red snapper in the Gulf of